The Brewers have signed reliever J.J. Hoover to a minor-league deal, according to a team announcement. The deal will pay $1.1 million in the majors and includes $1.65 million in incentives, according to a major-league source.
Hoover, 30, was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks last month after posting a 3.92 ERA in 41.1 relief innings for the club last season. He’s the latest pitching addition for a busy Brewers club that has already signed starters Yovani Gallardo and Jhoulys Chacin and reliever Boone Logan this winter.
Hoover returns to the NL Central, where he spent the first five seasons of his career with the Reds from 2012 to 2016. He owned a 4.12 ERA in 236 appearances over that span, working in middle relief for Cincinnati.
Hoover had multiple offers as of the winter meetings, according to a source with knowledge of talks, and will compete for a major-league bullpen job in spring training.