The Milwaukee Brewers entered play on Saturday, April 19th with the best record in Major League Baseball. There are some inconsistencies at times, but for the most part the team is playing well.
There have been a couple of roster moves, one based on injury and one based on paternity, but stability has also been a calling card so far during this young season.
It’d be easy to rest on those laurels, but the Brewers are continually looking for ways to get better — either on the 25-man roster or in the minors.
The Brewers recently signed back free agent RHP Jeremy Jeffress, who was their 1st round draft pick in 2006. Jeffress had some issues with drug suspensions (for marijuana) and if he’s caught one more time he receives a lifetime ban from MLB. That’s certainly a risk, however one that the Brewers have deemed worth taking as the 26-year-old still has a big fastball and late-inning relief potential. Jeffress would likely have been with the Brewers for his entire career if not for his being a part of the package sent to the Kansas City Royals in return for Zack Greinke prior to the 2011 season.
Jeffress was signed to a minor-league contract.
The Brewers also were confirmed to have attended the workout for free agent relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He could be ready to sign soon and if he regains the form he had in the years prior to injuring his UCL, he could be a major addition at the right time.
Hanrahan, 32, recorded 76 saves between 2011-2012 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He could absolutely upgrade one of the bullpen spots were he to be added to the Brewers.
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