The Brewers have signed lefty Nick Hagadone to a minor-league deal, the club announced. He’ll receive an invitation to major league camp this spring.
Hagadone, who’ll soon turn 30, has compiled 118 1/3 total major league innings — all with the Indians — over the last five years. He owns a 4.72 ERA in that span, with a robust 9.3 K/9 against a less-healthy 4.6 BB/9.
Milwaukee will take a chance at harnessing the southpaw’s big arm. His average fastball velocity dropped below 94 mph for the first time last year, though he still sat at a sturdy 93.6 mph. Hagadone has been much more effective against same-handed hitters, but that could still leave him as a useful LOOGY candidate if he can reel in the walks.
As Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer notes, Hagadone is still working his way back from surgery for a fracture in his left elbow. The procedure was performed in July and was expected at the time to require a six-to-nine month absence.