Fatherhood has given Ryan Braun a different perspective on baseball and life in general. The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder has more pressing matters to worry about right now than whether an offseason medical procedure will finally fix the nerve damage near his right thumb that affected his swing. ”It’s a lot of work,” Braun said Sunday. So overall it’s been great.” Almost everything sounded rosy on Sunday at the Brewers On Deck winter fan outreach event, where Braun, catcher Jonathan Lucroy and other teammates signed autographs and met fans.

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Today we’ll get ready for the 2015 MLB season with a team-by-team bullpen audit.

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The Phillies are in serious negotiations on a deal that would send closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Brewers.

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds and right-hander Jason Marquis have reached agreement on a minor league contract that includes an invite to spring training.

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Forgive Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner if he got swept up in the scene. Speaking after a news conference Wednesday to announce the addition – via a $210 million, seven-year contract – of 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Lerner was thinking big thoughts. After all, the club’s starting rotation, at least for the moment, also includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez. As it is, in 2014, Washington’s starters led the majors with a 3.04 ERA.

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Despite a known common interest, it appears that St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak is content moving forward without making a push for prized free agent Max Scherzer. In fact, Mozeliak indicated on Saturday that the Cardinals are out of the big pitcher market all together, which would seemingly eliminate James Shields as an option as well. “At this point, we are not actively shopping,” Mozeliak asserts (really repeats) his starting pitching stance to media at Warmup #cardinals — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) January 17, 2015 First question from fans to Mozeliak is one word and shouted by many: “Scherzer?!” Mo: “We are out of the big pitcher market.” #cardinals — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) January 17, 2015 So throw out Cole Hamels too? Bill DeWitt said it’s a long shot they add a pitcher. Mozeliak adds, “I’d say longer shot. Unlikely at this point.” #cardinals #stlcards — Derrick Goold (@dgoold) January 17, 2015 That seems to be the inference, so it looks like the Cardinals will move forward with what they have unless a workable deal is presented. Focusing on the biggest fish in the pond, rumblings of Scherzer going to the Cardinals never actually progressed to a headline-grabbing rumor. The connection made sense considering that Scherzer grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, but movement toward an agreement never picked up steam because of the hefty contract demands.  On the other hand, Shields figures to land a more manageable deal. However, the Cardinals were only loosely connected early in the offseason and seem to have steered clear of that market all together in recent weeks. As for Hamels, the Cardinals were still considered a primary suitor on Thursday. However, Saturday’s declaration likely means the Philadelphia Phillies asking price is out of their range.  So what does that leave manager Mike Matheny with for starting options?

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The Nationals will have a surplus of top-level pitchers after signing Max Scherzer. That doesn’t mean they should trade one of them.

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Though he hadn’t appeared in a major or minor league game since 2011, veteran reliever Arthur Rhodes quietly held on to a remarkable career that spanned 20 big league seasons. According to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, that changed on Friday as the now 45-year-old left-hander just as quietly made his retirement from baseball official. Arthur Rhodes, 45, hasn’t pitched in big leagues since 2011. But I heard that he officially retired today. Was All-Star for #reds in 2010. — Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) January 17, 2015 Like most pitchers who hang around through two decades, Rhodes was well-traveled. After debuting with the Baltimore Orioles in 1991 and spending his first nine big league seasons there, he changed uniforms nine times in 11 seasons, including stints with the Seattle Mariners (twice), Oakland A’s, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Florida Marlins, Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals. It wasn’t because he wasn’t good. For his career, Rhodes went 87-70 with a 4.08 ERA over exactly 900 appearances (61 starts and 839 relief appearances) and 1,187.2 innings. It’s just the life of a reliever, and Rhodes was one that teams coveted because they knew he could get big outs in big situations. Case in point, Rhodes posted 25 scoreless relief appearances out of 29 in the postseason. That includes a perfect 8-for-8 scoreless in his final season for the World Series champion Cardinals. Excellent credentials to be sure, but it’s Rhodes durability and longevity that were most impressive. They also helped propel into some rare company on more than one occasion. Check out these facts. • Rhodes is one of only 24 pitchers to record 900 appearances in MLB history. • Of those 24, Rhodes is one of only six left-handers. Side-arming lefty Jesse Orosco holds the record with 1.252 appearances.

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