364 days after the Brewers traded him to the Rangers, Jeremy Jeffress will be heading back to Milwaukee. The deal looks like I’ll pay off for both sides greatly. Jeffress was having the worst year of his career in Texas, posting a 5.31 ERA in 40.2 innings and striking out a measly 29 batters. That’s a far cry from the 2.22 ERA and 27 saves he’d wracked up with the Brewers before being traded last year. Conclusion? He’s pretty comfortable playing in Milwaukee.
In exchange for the closer, Texas will receive minor league reliever Tayler Scott. In Double-A, Scott has pitched a 2.34 ERA in 42 mound appearances.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been DFAd to make room for Jeffress’ return..
Here’s what else is going on across the National League Central:
- The Reds have traded Tony Cingrani to Dodgers for Scott Van Slyke and Hendrik Clementina.
- The Pirates have traded lefty pitcher Tony Watson to the Dodgers.
- Here’s how Justin Wilson and Alex Avila will fit on the Cubs’ 25-man roster.
- Brett Cecil’s issues begin on the first pitch.
- Zack Cozart has landed on the 10-day disabled list.
- The Buccos have acquired Joaquin Benoit from the Phillies.
- The Milwaukee Brewers have optioned Junior Guerra and select the contract of Wei-Chung Wang.
- Yadier Molina does not want days off, gosh darnit.
- What the hell has gotten into Scooter Gennett? Positive responses only, please.
- The Pirates have optioned Steve Brault to Triple-A.
- Wily Peralta has been designated for assignment.