MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun's contract extension through 2020 will have little impact on Prince Fielder's future with the Brewers, general manager Doug Melvin said Thursday."They're different situations," Melvin said. "This is an extension. Prince is a free agent at the end of the year." Fielder's pending free agency has been a hot topic in baseball since the Brewers and agent Scott Boras were able to find little common ground in early 2010. Fielder reportedly rejected a $100 million, five-year offer, and last winter the sides avoided arbitration with a record $15.5 million contract for 2011. Fielder, the Brewers' first-round Draft pick in 2002, is eligible for free agency for the first time following this season and it is becoming increasingly clear that his career will continue away from Milwaukee. The Brewers signed second baseman Rickie Weeks to a $50 million, four-year deal in Spring Training to avoid having Weeks walk at the same time as Fielder. "Who knows that will happen at the end of the year? I don't know," Melvin said. "Our goal is to drop all that confetti off the top of the dome like we did in 2008 [when the Brewers won the National League Wild Card]. That's what our goal is. Some magical dust will come down, and then who knows what will happen at that point. But that's what our goal is. I know Prince, and I know he wants to win and he wants to go out and have a big year this year." Braun was asked his opinion of Fielder's future. "I know Prince enjoys it here; that's a fact. That's undisputed," Braun said. "He truly enjoys it here. He has a great relationship with all of us as players, as friends, as teammates. But again, everybody has to do what's in their best interest. "I chose to [sign the extension] because I felt like it was in my best interest, and I know that ultimately he's going to do what's in the best interest of himself and his family. There's no doubt in my mind that he loves it here. I know he's enjoyed his time here. I can say that we've never had more fun playing together than we have since the beginning of Spring Training. We're really enjoying baseball right now."
Attanasio is 'committed to Milwaukee'
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said Thursday's $105 million contract extension for outfielder Ryan Braun should be proof enough that he's rooted in Milwaukee and not planning to pursue the Los Angeles Dodgers.Attanasio, a Los Angeles-based financier, was one of the names bandied about as a potential Dodgers suitor after news that Major League Baseball was assuming day-to-day operations of the club from Frank McCourt. But Attanasio said he has not done any investigating into the Dodgers situation -- "absolutely none" -- and did not intend to do so. "You've got three L.A. guys here, and we're all committed to Milwaukee," Attanasio said while posing for photos with Braun and Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "I think that's your answer." So why does his name keep popping up in rumors? "Because this is very big news in Los Angeles," said Attanasio, who was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., as a Yankees fan but has lived in L.A. for more than decade. "There's a lot of folks' names that seem to be coming up a lot. I guess mine keeps coming up." Attanasio said Braun's extension should demonstrate both the player's commitment to Milwaukee and the owner's. Attanasio owns a home in a downtown Milwaukee high-rise and has been the Brewers' principal owner since 2005. Brewers spokesperson Tyler Barnes was first to address the rumors on Thursday morning when he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that, "Attanasio is thrilled to be the owner of the Brewers." Barnes said, "that speculation is not true, and unfounded." "I couldn't have said it better myself," Attanasio said. "It's great to be here. My wife and my family just moved into a new place in downtown Milwaukee, and we're excited to be part of the city and building what we hope is a championship team here."
Brewers activate Hawkins; Morgan on DL
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers activated reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the disabled list amid a flurry of moves Thursday, which also included placing outfielder Nyjer Morgan on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday.Not only did the team reach a five-year, $105 million contract extension with Ryan Braun on Thursday that runs at least through 2020, it tweaked the roster ahead of a weekend series against the Astros. Hawkins was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list, where he had resided to start the season as he worked back from last year's right shoulder surgery. The Brewers optioned reliever Mike McClendon back to Triple-A Nashville to make room for Hawkins, but they also outrighted catcher George Kottaras to Nashville to clear space for right-handed starter Shaun Marcum to return from the bereavement list. Marcum won't start until Saturday night, but he's expected back at Miller Park on Friday and general manager Doug Melvin said the rules of the bereavement list dictate a move must be made immediately upon a player's return. Marcum's father underwent successful heart surgery on Tuesday. Late Thursday night, the Brewers placed Morgan on the disabled list with a lingering deep bruise in his right thigh, suffered last week in a home-plate collision in Pittsburgh. The Brewers had hoped to keep Morgan off the DL, but his injury has been slow to heal. To take Morgan's spot, the team will purchase outfielder Brandon Boggs' contract from Nashville. The switch-hitter batted .308 in his first 14 games with the Sounds after being one of the final roster cuts in Spring Training.
Greinke set for rehab start for Nashville
MILWAUKEE -- Rehabbing Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke is moving up to Triple-A Nashville.The parent club transferred Greinke from Class A Brevard County, where he pitched three scoreless innings Tuesday night, to Nashville and said he would start Sunday afternoon against Omaha. Greinke has been on the 15-day disabled list since the start of the season while recovering from a cracked left rib. Manager Ron Roencike has said he wants Greinke to make at least three Minor League starts before the Brewers consider reinstating him. That means he would pitch again April 29 for Nashville before a potential May 4 Brewers debut in Atlanta.
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