The Milwaukee Brewers bullpen situation got a lot clearer today. First they sent reliever Brandon Kintzler to AAA and after their loss to the Oakland Athletics the team has announced that they have released reliever Chris Perez.
"Non-roster RHP Chris Perez has been granted his unconditional release. 34 players remain in Major League camp, including 15 pitchers."
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 30, 2015
Perez was signed to a minor league contract this winter and the team had until Tuesday to announce whether or not they would keep him on the roster or grant him his release.
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Upon the signing, I looked forward to seeing Perez return to form. As a former all-star closer, Perez has been very effective this spring. After a rough season and a half with the Indians and Dodgers, he has looked to be getting closer to his former self. Through ten innings of work he allowed three runs and was one of the better arms in the Brewers bullpen.
Now off the roster, Perez will look to continue his career elsewhere. Though he is gone, the Brewers still have two spots up for grabs in the bullpen with Rob Wooten, Tyler Thornburg or Michael Blazek all competing to stay on the roster. With the three of them scuffling today, it will be interesting to see who ends up on the team when the season begins. My prediction is that Thornburg and Wooten start with the team on opening day with Blazek continuing as a starter in the AAA rotation.