7. Jeremy Jeffress
Acquired via trade with Rangers for Tayler Scott (July 2017)
Jeremy Jeffress just really feels comfortable in Milwaukee. His stats for the three different American League teams he played for (Royals, Blue Jays, and Rangers) are vastly inferior to when he is in the Brew City. In Milwaukee he has a career 2.30 ERA, 30 saves, is 19-4, and has a 1.21 WHIP. In his other stops his ERA increases to 4.76, with 1 save, a 4-3 record, and has a 1.70 WHIP. The stats are just hard to explain.
His 3rd time in Milwaukee has certainly been the charm thus far. Along with Swarzak, he helped a beleaguered bullpen last season with some solid outings. He was still not a major part of their offseason, signing a very team friendly $1.75 million deal with two club options that follow. Those will be important for the small market Brewers, as they can lock up the 2018 All-Star for the next two years with a lot less money than he would get on the free agent market.
So far this season, all Jeffress has done is combine with Josh Hader to close the door on the late innings of games. At the All-Star break, Jeffress had a 1.34 ERA, a minuscule 0.894 WHIP, and has 50 strikeouts in a whopping 46 outings. He has done this all with mound persona that has endeared him to the Miller Park faithful. He has bonded with the fans and seems to have a blast playing the game. The fact that he is only #7 on this list proves the might of David Stearns in his three short years at the helm.