Brewers bring back Davis for rotation

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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Brewers and left-hander Doug Davis have agreed to terms on a one-year, $5.25 million contract with an option for 2011.
The deal will pay Davis $4.25 million in 2010. The option for 2011 is worth $6.5 million and includes a $1 million buyout.
It will be Davis’ second stint in Milwaukee, as he went 37-36 with a 3.92 ERA for the team from 2003-06. He was 9-14 with a 4.12 ERA in 34 starts for the Diamondbacks last season. Exceptionally durable, he’s made at least 33 starts in five of the last six seasons, with his lone absence coming due to cancer in 2008 (he still made 26 starts anyway).
Davis would seem to become the third lock for the Milwaukee rotation, joining Randy Wolf and Yovani Gallardo. Manny Parra was supposed to be the favorite for the third spot, but now he’ll likely have to battle Jeff Suppan and David Bush for two places. Considering that Suppan will earn $12 million and Bush at least $4 million this year, Parra might find himself the odd man out.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”