After his designation for assignment just a few days ago, relief pitcher J.J. Hoover has opted for free agency rather than the Milwaukee Brewers farm system.
J.J. Hoover was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers squad for a mere four days. But, his performance on the field was not spectacular. He was dropped from the 40-man roster after his blown save in 1.1 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.
He was then designated for assignment, cleared through waivers, and optioned down to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. But, instead of accepting his role, he opted to become a free agent.
What Prompted the Move?
Because the Milwaukee Brewers are playing roster roulette, many players have been given opportunities to audition for a relieving role. J.J. Hoover did not perform well in his audition.
Consequently, the day after his only appearance as a Brewer, he was DFA’d. But, this was only surprising because of his short time in a Brewers uniform. Unfortunately, the organization wanted a fresh arm, and Hoover was the easy choice to go.
He has been inconsistent throughout his career. Through his seven seasons where he’s made it to the majors, he has an ERA of 4.17.
Where Will He End Up?
Most likely on his couch watching everyone else play. But, it is possible that a team will sign him and put him into their minor league system. So, it’s sort of like one step forward, two steps back for Hoover. Even if he is signed by another team, he will probably end up right back in the minor league system.
While J.J. Hoover has not provided an answer as to why he opted to go the free agency route, speculations can be made. It’s possible that he thought he deserved more than just 1.1 innings as a veteran. Or, maybe he wasn’t prepared to be a part of the swinging door during the roster roulette process.
Whatever the case, losing J.J. Hoover isn’t a huge blow to the organization. At the end of the day, the Milwaukee Brewers have a surplus of good young talent that can fill the bullpen.
Look at Jorge Lopez, Josh Hader, Taylor Williams, and all of the other guys who have stepped up. Plus, there is much more talent in the farm system. The young guys are the ticket. Although it sort of sucks for J.J. Hoover, it was bound to happen to create opportunities for younger relievers.