The Brewers have fired manager Ron Roenicke, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports. The club plans to announce his replacement on Monday. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that “all indications are” that the Brewers will hire Craig Counsell as their next manager.
The Brewers on 5-3 over the Cubs on Sunday afternoon, but their record stands at a poor 7-18, leaving them 11.5 games behind the first-place Cardinals in the NL Central’s cellar. They have managed to score just 3.28 runs per game on average while allowing 4.92. Having allowed 41 runs in total more than they have scored, only the Phillies are worse in baseball (-50).
As a result of their poor start to the season, the Brewers have called other teams to inform other teams they’re willing to sell off some of their veterans, including Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, and Aramis Ramirez.
The Mariners are in the midst of reconstructing their roster, a process which most recently resulted in the trade of first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnación to the Yankees, per a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. While the teams have yet to publicly confirm the deal, the Mariners are expected to receive pitching prospect Juan Then and will likely eat a significant portion of Encarnación’s salary as well.
Encarnación is a sizable get for the Yankees, who could benefit from the veteran’s power and consistency in their ongoing drive toward the postseason. The 36-year-old infielder missed some time with a bout of lower back tightness, dental issues, and soreness in his left hand, but has still maintained a decent .241/.356/.531 batting line with an AL-best 21 home runs, an .888 OPS, and 1.7 fWAR through his first 289 plate appearances of the year. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Encarnación has another $11-12 million left on his contract in 2019, with a $20 million option for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout.
Then, 19, was acquired by the Yankees in a three-person trade with the Mariners during the 2017 offseason. The right-hander currently ranks no. 27 in the Yankees’ system and made his last pro ball appearance for New York’s rookie-level affiliate in 2018, pitching to a 2.70 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 7.6 SO/9 across 50 innings. It’s not clear if any other players are involved in the trade, though USA Today’s Bob Nightengale notes that no other prospects are thought to be included in the package for Encarnación.