Milwaukee Brewers: 4 Lefty relievers to target

Matthew Dewoskin
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 13: A general view of Miller Park prior to a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Mets on May 13, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 13: A general view of Miller Park prior to a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Mets on May 13, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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3. Tony Sipp

Tony Sipp signed a three-year deal with the Houston Astros after the 2015 season that paid him $18 million for three years. He was awful in the first two years of his contract, but managed to post a solid season in a contract year last year.

He posted a 1.86 ERA in 38 2/3 innings with 42 strikeouts, 13 walks, and only one homer allowed. He did face more lefties than righties last year, but was effective against hitters on both sides of the plate.

2019 will be Sipp’s age-35 season, but he’s essentially the same pitcher he’s always been. He has a fastball that sits in the 91-93 MPH range with a solid slider, and a serviceable change-up.

While the Milwaukee Brewers shouldn’t offer Sipp a multi-year deal, a one- or two-year contract for a few million dollars might entice Sipp to chase a ring. However, if Sipp is demanding another multi-year deal worth over $5 million per, he’s a stay away. The Astros had to eat two years of poor performance before Sipp provided value in year three.

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