The Brewers still need some more bullpen help, despite making several acquisitions already to address that area. One spot they're lacking is arms with experience in high leverage situations. One such player is old friend J.P. Feyereisen.
Back in May 2021, J.P. Feyereisen was enjoying a breakout campaign for his hometown team when he suddenly was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays along with Drew Rasmussen for Willy Adames and Trevor Richards. Feyereisen continued his dominant ways for Tampa Bay and didn't allow a single earned run in 2022 in 24.1 IP.
However, Feyereisen's season was cut short this year due to injury and he just recently underwent surgery and will miss the first half of 2022. Because of that, the Tampa Bay Rays designated him for assignment on Tuesday, clearing him from the 40 man roster to make room for Zack Eflin and putting Feyereisen on waivers.
The Milwaukee Brewers should try to reacquire J.P. Feyereisen from the Rays in a trade.
Rays GM Peter Bendix told the media that the Rays expect to trade Feyereisen shortly. They have a window where he's on waivers over the next week or so where this is expected to happen. There will be no shortage of interest in Feyereisen so any hopes of him clearing waivers and becoming a free agent are essentially zero.
The asking price for a reliever, albeit a good one, coming off shoulder surgery isn't likely to be exceedingly high. He will miss a good chunk of 2023 but is still under team control for four more seasons.
The Brewers saw something in Feyereisen before, which is why they got him from the Yankees in the first place. They weren't thrilled to trade him away, but the opportunity to add Willy Adames was too good to say no to, and the Brewers don't regret the trade at all. But the opportunity is there to add Feyereisen back once again and it's a market worth checking into.
Feyereisen isn't likely to cost more than a low level prospect or two. The Rays have a 40 man roster crunch, which is the only reason why they decided to DFA Feyereisen, so they'll be looking for players in the lower minors and not big league ready guys.
Milwaukee has done several trades with Tampa Bay in the past, including the Adames deal, as well as a trade for Mike Brosseau last offseason and a trade for Javy Guerra this offseason. They could easily come together on a deal once again.
The Brewers will have competition though and Feyereisen won't be healthy in time for Opening Day. At the very least, it's worth checking into and the Brewers know just about better than anyone else how good he is and what he's capable of.