The Milwaukee Brewers are making room on their 40-man roster for new acquisitions and saying goodbye to some familiar faces in the bullpen.
It seems that the Brewers are working quietly with their roster moves in the off-season, signing new players to one-year deals. With catchers and pitchers reporting for Spring Training in less than two weeks, GM David Stearns wanted to add a little more depth to the bullpen.
Adding right-hander David Phelps from free agency, the former Chicago Cub signed to a one-year contract with a club option in 2021. With the acquisition of Phelps, meant that we were over the 40-man limit. The Brewers designated reliever Deolis Guerra for assignment.
Guerra signed to a one-year contract back in October after being outrighted during the 2019 season after a fairly rough one-game appearance last year. In his brief appearance, he allowed four runs and it was safe to say that maybe the major leagues weren’t for Guerra, yet.
His time in Triple-A proved otherwise. Posting a 1.89 ERA, Guerra had a 5.50K/BB rate, and an 11.9 K/9 in just 66 2/3 innings as a reliever.
In his time as a Brewer, Angel, and Pirate, Guerra had a 4.52 ERA, 3.41 K/BB rate, and 7.1K/9 in 95 2/3 relief innings.
His performance in 2019 in Triple-A is something for scouts to look at when decided who they want to pick up in the minor leagues. Although he was DFA’d, he still could remain in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system as an option for depth, but maybe a change is something Guerra really needs.
After non-tendering Junior Guerra, having at least one Guerra in the roster was something Brewers fans were looking forward to, but, when moves need to be made, it’s not always the people that fans are wishing would actually go.
Bringing in Phelps could very well help the Brewers when it comes to relievers and late inning stretches. All fans have to do is trust Stearns’ process and his thinking when it comes to acquiring new players to the 40-man roster.