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The Brewers’ loss of Corey Knebel; a better arbitration system; a no-seam fastball

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FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: The Brewers may be well-positioned in the NL Central, but losing Corey Knebel for the season deals them a huge blow. They still have Josh Hader, and they’ll now also have to rely heavily on Jeremy Jeffress, who still hasn’t even started the season due to shoulder weakness. They did acquire Bobby Wahl from the Mets, and intriguing arm they could use, but the best option would be to just go out and sign Craig Kimbrel.

Baseball Prospectus | Rob Mains ($): The biggest payday increase for players isn’t when they hit free agency, it’s when they hit arbitration. In the next CBA the goal should be downward pressure on pay, forcing early arbitration and making minimum pay rise faster than its current rate... less than inflation.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Eno talks grips with Giants reliever Gil Selachi, how he added velocity by eating raw chicken (lol), and how he created a “no-seam” fastball that could be effective but causes merciless teasing from teammates.