It has been all about pitching in the Winter Meetings for the Milwaukee Brewers and that theme continued in the Rule 5 draft as well. The Brewers selected Chuck Lofgren and will give him a chance to earn a job in the bullpen in spring training. The claim cost the Brewers $50,000, and by rule they must keep Lofgren in the Majors next season or offer him back to Cleveland for half that price. At least the Brewers are making an effort to improve their pitching staff which really was a problem last year.
Lofgren was a starter for the Indians who spent most of last season at Triple-A Columbus, going 6-10 with a 5.31 ERA in 17 starts. Lofgren also made eight starts for Double-A Akron, going 3-1 there with a 1.48 ERA. The Brewers are hoping that he will earn a job and be a complement to Mitch Stetter. In the end we will have to wait and see how Lofgren performs in spring training before we can really see what the Brewers got. At least they are making an effort to improve that is a move in the right direction.