3. J.P. Feyereisen
One of the most recent players the Brewers moved on from, is it possible the Brewers lost a little faith in J.P. Feyereisen when they made the trade with Tampa Bay?
The Brewers sent Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen to the Rays in exchange for Willy Adames and Trevor Richards. They were having issues with Urias at shortstop and wanted to make a change, which one could argue was giving up on Luis Urias too quickly, and dealt two key arms from their bullpen to do it.
Since then, Adames has sparked the offense, but the bullpen has been lacking depth in key innings.
In his two outings prior to the trade, Feyereisen gave up six earned runs in just 1.1 IP with three walks allowed and just one strikeout. This was after he went his first 17 outings without giving up an earned run. Did the Brewers feel perhaps Feyereisen wasn’t as good as his start to the season would indicate and that he would soon come crashing down to Earth and they should trade him while his value was still high?
We may never find out if that actually was the case, but getting traded after coming off his two worst appearances of the year at least makes things look that way on the surface.
What has Feyereisen done since the trade? Well, he’s only become the closer for the Rays and put up a 1.08 ERA in 8.1 IP with nine strikeouts and three saves.
If the Brewers did believe those two poor outings prior to the trade were a sign of things to come, that hasn’t been the case.
No matter what it was, it would be very nice to have Feyereisen in the Brewers bullpen going forward. Having Adames is great, but there’s a big hole in the bullpen now.
More often than not, David Stearns and the Brewers don’t lose faith on players too quickly, and give them enough opportunities to fully know what they have in them. They want to avoid a Jesus Aguilar or Trent Grisham or J.P. Feyereisen situation as much as possible.