The Brewers told reporters, incl Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a series of roster moves before today’s game. That’s right Freddy Peralta was recalled from the 60-day injured list, and the acquisition deadline Matt Bush was listed. Field player Keston Hiura was also cancelled. With appropriate moves, the club chose the right Petr Strzeleckis and appointed correctly Dinelson Lamet and the catcher Pedro Severino for appointment.
Lamet’s delisting comes as a surprise since he was just acquired from the Padres as part of Josh Hader a couple of days ago. trade. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com relayed a quote from Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns in an attempt to explain. “Dinelson has a good arm and was included in the trade to help balance the deal,” Stearns says. “Later in the deals, the listing became a little more difficult to match.” Hopefully we can keep it in our system.
The reference to “subsequent trades” seems to imply that the Brewers ended up making other trades that pushed Lamet out of their plans. Lamet and the other players in Hader’s deal were acquired on Monday, the day before the trade deadline. The club also added Bush and Trevor Rosenthal in separate deals at the deadline yesterday. Maybe the Brewers value those pitchers more highly than they value Lamet, which is why Lamet lost his roster spot today.
Although Lamet technically has remaining options, Hogg notes that he recently surpassed five years of MLB service time. Players above this limit cannot be selected without their consent, meaning Lamet had to be removed from the roster. It also means that if Lamet were to expressly opt out, he would be eligible to opt out of the outright assignment and opt for free agency without losing salary, as all players who have completed more than five years in the MLB can do.
Frankly, it would be very surprising if Lamet were to clear waivers given his experience and modest salary. He was one of the best pitchers in baseball during the shortened 2020 season. season, posting a 2.09 ERA in 12 starts with a 34.8% strikeout rate and a 7.5% walk rate. In later seasons, he faced injury problems, was demoted to the military and was occasionally optioned to the minors. Still, he’s making a paltry $4.775 million this year. $ salary and could be retained for next season via arbitration. Due to injuries, poor performance and time in the minors, he likely won’t earn a huge salary in 2023.
Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, it complicates Lamet’s status. For one thing, the Brewers won’t be able to negotiate sending Lamet elsewhere, as they could have before the deadline. On the other hand, for clubs looking for bullpen upgrades outside of their own organization, waiver claims are now the only way to do so. It’s highly likely that a club will give Lamet a chance, either a contender looking for a push down the stretch or an emerging team that will give him time to regain his former form and possibly trade him in the offseason or next year.
In addition to Lamet’s status, this will immediately change the calculation of Hader’s trade valuation. “The players we receive in this trade help ensure that the future of the Milwaukee Brewers remains bright without compromising our desire and expectation to win today,” Stearns said of the deal at the time. “This combination of current Major League talent and high-profile prospects fuels our quest to take as many bites of the apple as possible and ultimately bring the World Series to Milwaukee.” Trading good players to good teams is difficult, and that’s certainly the case with Josh. We also recognize that in order to give our organization the best chance to remain competitive and avoid the long downtimes that many organizations face, we have to make difficult decisions. Two of the four acquired players, Robert Gasser and Esteury Ruiz, have already been assigned to minor league clubs. While they may be called up later this year, Taylor Rogers remains the only player from the trade on the big league roster right now. While Rogers is certainly a great player, few would argue that he has been able to excel at Hader’s elite level.
Will be more.