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Brewers claim Jordan Lyles on waivers

The eight-year veteran swingman will look to provide some depth to the Brewers’ bullpen.

San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

The Brewers have been awarded right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles off waivers from the Padres, as the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee first reported Sunday morning:

The 27-year-old Lyles’ numbers have been rather mediocre this year — he has a 4.29 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 71.1 innings — but he’s been better since shifting to San Diego’s bullpen, throwing for a 3.33 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 22 strikeouts and eight walks over 17 appearances (24.1 innings). Lyles, a 2008 Astros first-rounder who was once a highly-regraded prospect and made his MLB debut at the age of 20, is having a career-best season; this is only the second time he’s ever had an ERA under 5.00 or a WHIP under 1.40 in eight seasons.

With the Brewers not having a clear ace in their rotation, Lyles provides the ability to go multiple innings behind starters who struggle to go long. Swingman Brandon Woodruff has been rather average as a long reliever this year and is currently in Triple-A. While Josh Hader and Corbin Burnes are former starters who can go long when necessary, they’ve both been placed in high-leverage roles and aren’t necessarily in a position to “bridge the gap” to the late innings.

If the Brewers so desire, they’ll have him under their control at an affordable rate in 2019, as he has a $1 million club option with a $250,000 buyout for next season.