Brewers lose recently DFA'd utility man to Yankees via waiver claim

The 26-year-old heads to the fifth organization of his career.
Jul 19, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Milwaukee Brewers designated hitter Jahmai Jones (12)
Jul 19, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Milwaukee Brewers designated hitter Jahmai Jones (12) / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

When an active roster is full, the addititon of one player to the team usually means the subtraction of another one off of it. One now former Milwaukee Brewers player found that out the hard way last week.

Utility man Jahmai Jones was designated for assignment by the Brewers last Wednesday. It happened on the same day that the team both reunited with starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff and finally announced the contract for catcher Gary Sanchez.

With DFA's there's always a chance that the player remains in the organization and provides some important depth moving forward. That will not be the case with Jones as he is heading off to a new home for 2024.

Recently DFA'd Brewers utility man Jahmai Jones was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

As it turns out, there were teams, well one at least, interested in Jones' services. That team was the New York Yankees, who ended up winning the claim for the now former member of the Crew, designating infielder Jordan Groshans for assignment in the process.

The 26-year-old Jones was a former second round pick by the Los Angeles Angels back in the 2015 draft. He signed with the Brewers last summer after being released by the Dodgers, bringing him from his third career organization to his fourth.

Jones made an instant impact in his debut for the Brewers, hitting a game-tying, three-run double to help lift the team to victory over the Cubs. He would play in just six more games for the team, though, hitting .200 with a .573 OPS and spending most of his time in the minors.

Jones faced an uphill battle to keep his roster spot with the Brewers even before the Sanchez and Woodruff signings. With no minor league options remaining, he would've had to make the team's 26-man roster and stay there all year if there were any chance for him to stay in Milwaukee. So it was no surprise that he was one of the first players to go once a roster spot was needed.

Jones will face the same battle to keep his spot with the Yankees. Hopefully for him his resiliency works out in his favor once again.