July 31, 2014

Brewers acquire OF Parra before trade deadline

The Milwaukee Brewers made one deal before this afternoons (3pm) Major League Baseball trade deadline.  They added the left-handed hitting outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  In return, the Brewers sent minor league outfielder Mitch Haniger and minor league pitcher Anthony Banda to Arizona.

Parra is hitting .259 with six home runs and 30 RBI in 104 games this season.  He has made 98 starts.  Parra had spent his entire professional career in the Diamondbacks organization.  He is a career .274 hitter.

Parra is an outstanding defender, winning gold gloves in left field in 2011 and right field in 2013.  Entering today, his 62 outfield assists since 2009 were tied for second with two others in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista (63).

To make room on the roster, the Brewers sent outfielder Logan Schafer to Triple-A Nashville.

The 24-year-old Haniger was selected by the Brewers in the supplemental first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.  He batted .255 with 10 HR and 34 RBI in 67 games at Double-A Huntsville this season.  The 20-year-old Banda was selected by the Brewers in the 10th round of the 2012 draft.  He was 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA and 2 saves in 20 games (14 starts) at Class-A Wisconsin this season.

Brewers end skid, blank the Rays

The Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 yesterday, avoiding a 3-game sweep at Tropicana Field.

Yovani Gallardo - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Yovani Gallardo – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Yovani Gallardo (6-5) held the Rays to four hits over seven shutout innings to post his sixth win of the season.

Martin Maldonado had a big day for the Brewers.  He had three hits and tied a career high with four runs batted in to lead the Brewers offensively.

Tampa Bay’s David Price took the loss, ending his 7-game winning streak.  Barring a Thursday deal, it looks like the Rays have decided to hang onto their ace with the trade deadline approaching at 3pm this afternoon.

The Brewers enter today’s off day with a 2-game lead on the Pittsburgh Pirates and 2.5 over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL’s Central Division race.  The Brewers will open a 3-game weekend series in St. Louis against the Cardinals starting Friday night.

 

Packers add WR to roster (Video)

The Green Bay Packers have claimed WR Gerrard Sheppard off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens.  The transaction was announced earlier this afternoon by Packers General Manager Ted Thompson.

Sheppard is a first-year player out of Towson, spending the entire 2013 season on the Ravens’ practice squad.  He was originally signed by Baltimore as a rookie free agent on May 3, 2013.

Sheppard began his college career at the University of Connecticut, where he played in eight games over two seasons before transferring.  In his final two seasons, he started nine of 23 games he played in for Towson.  He had 52 catches for 584 yards and five touchdowns.

Training Camp Day 4

The following video is the Packers four quarterbacks during drills today (day 4) of Training Camp.

Bucks sign second round pick

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed second round draft pick Johnny O’Bryant today.

O’Bryant was the 36th overall selection in the draft by the Bucks.  He appeared in all five games for the Bucks’ entry in the 2014 NBA Summer League in Last Vegas and averaged 8.2 points and 5.4 rebounds a game.

The Cleveland, Mississippi native played three collegiate seasons at LSU, averaging 12.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists over his career.  He was named to the All-SEC 1st team by the coaches in 2013 and 2014 and earned All-SEC 2nd team honors from the AP in 2014.

 

Ted Thompson signs contract extension with Packers

Ted Thompson

Ted Thompson

The Green Bay Packers have signed general manager Ted Thompson to a multi-year contract extension today.  He’s been the Packers GM since 2005 and has been to the postseason in each of the last five seasons with a Super Bowl title in 2010.

Thompson didn’t offer any timetable for how long he wants to continue to work.  “I’ll let it play itself out,” Thompson said.  “Some people have artificial dates in mind, X-amount of years.  But I think everybody’s different.  It seems to me a lot of people can be very productive later on in life.  We’ll see.  I enjoy what I do.  I feel pretty energized to keep going.”

Clearly, Thompson thinks the Packers will continue to be a good team in the future, but he said that had nothing to do with his signing an extension.

Now that Thompson’s deal is done, Mike McCarthy will be next.  Thompson’s deal was done with President & CEO Mark Murphy.  Thompson will handle McCarthy’s contract.

AUDIO: Ted Thompson asked today if Mike McCarthy is now a priority :16