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The Milwaukee Brewers outrighted RHP Michael Olmsted to Triple-A Nashville on Monday, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster (which now stands at 39).
Olmsted signed with the Brewers as a free agent at the end of the 2012 after putting up great numbers with the Red Sox Class A and Double-A teams. He recorded 17 saves and posted a 1.52 ERA.
At 6’7″ and 245 pounds, Olmsted is a beast on the mound. He hurls a high-90’s fastball with a powerful slider but, for some reason, could not figure it out last season. In 2013, Olmsted appeared in 49 games in relief for the Nashville Sounds, going 1-1 with a 6.71 ERA.
The 26-year-old still has potential to be a strong arm in the back of the bullpen, but 2014 might be his last chance to prove that to the Brewers.
The Brewers now have an open spot on their 40-man roster which could mean a couple of things. They could be close to signing a free agent first baseman/reliever or they are ready to add someone already in the organization to the 40-man.