The Milwaukee Brewers have the chance to sign two former Mariners now that they are free agents.
Both Drew Smyly and Shae Simmons were non-tendered. One starter and one reliever open for any team. Both could be useful in their own way for the Milwaukee Brewers should a chance be taken on them.
To bury the obvious lead, Smyly is a lefty. That is something the Brewers could really use in their rotation. Now for the real lead, and the downfall to this idea. He is currently in recovery from Tommy John surgery.
Now, that is not good. He will not be ready by August. With Jimmy Nelson also set to miss part of the season, Smyly is not the best option for an offseason signing. However, he is someone to keep an eye on as the season progresses and he becomes healthy. Until the time comes he is almost irrelevant.
Smyly is still a good pitcher though. The 28 year old boasts a career 3.74 ERA. Unfotunately for the Mariners, they never got any use from him since the trade for him. However, with the Rays and Tigers he performed well.
This is a bullpen piece. It is unknown if Anthony Swarzak will be coming back, so other options need to be under consideration. Simmons is a hard throwing righty that can provide a decent alternative, or addition.
In 2017 Simmons only threw seven innings. However, his fastball averages close to 96 MPH. That is a good compliment to the starting five of the Milwaukee Brewers, once there is a group to speak of.
Even with his velocity numbers he still commands the strike zone well. His strikeouts more than double his walks. And best of all, Simmons is holding opposing batters to a .200 batting average. That is very low.
Simmons could become very reliable for the Crew if given the chance. There is little doubt he will be signed somewhere. After his last team non-tendered him, the 27 year old could be a discounted gem on the free agent list. But the main priority needs to be Swarzak.