The Brewers have an agreement to sign lefty reliever Dan Jennings, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jennings’ deal, which comes two days after he was released by the Rays, is pending a physical.
Jennings posted a 3-1 record with a 3.45 ERA in 77 games for the Rays and Chicago White Sox last season. Jennings was with the Rays through spring training, but his 5.68 ERA in six appearances and the expectation that young relievers Yonny Chirinos, Andrew Kittredge and Ryan Yarbrough will work multiple innings this year led Tampa Bay to release him and avoid paying most of his $2.375 million non-guaranteed contract. Jennings, however, did receive receives $574,597 in termination pay from the Rays.
Now that he is with the Brewers, Jennings will pitch in the middle innings for a bullpen that includes Boone Logan, Josh Hader and closer Corey Knebel. Despite last year’s statistics, Jennings is 12-13 with a 2.90 ERA in 310 career appearances over six seasons with three teams after also playong for the Marlins from 2012-14. In his three seasons in the National League, Jennings posted a 2.43 ERA and 7.6 strikeouts per nine inni ngs in 100 innings pitched across 116 appearances.