Brewers ink Craig Counsell to a three-year contract extension

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The Milwaukee Brewers announced that they and manager Craig Counsell have agreed to a three-year contract extension. The deal will keep him under contract to the Brew Crew through the 2023 season. Counsell was entering the final year of his previous deal.

Counsell took over the club in May of the 2015 season. Since then the Brewers have gone 405-281 with one division title and one Wild Card appearance. They reached the seventh game of the NLCS in 2018.

If Counsell completes the new contract, he will have completed 8+ seasons at the helm of the Brewers, which would make him the longest-serving manager in club history. The current record holder is Phil Garner, who managed seven seasons and part of an eighth in the 1990s. Garner is also the all-time leader in managerial wins for the Brewers, but Counsell already in fourth place, trailing by only 158 wins.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.