The Brewers have acquired righty Jhan Marinez from the Rays, according to a club announcement. To clear roster space, southpaw Michael Kirkman was designated for assignment.
Marinez, 27, has seen scattered major league time in parts of three seasons dating back to 2010. He’s only logged nine total frames, so there’s not much of a track record to go on. Of course, Marinez has racked up 178 1/3 frames at Triple-A in five campaigns, compiling a 3.63 ERA with 9.4 K/9 versus 4.7 BB/9.
As for Kirkman, his stay in Milwaukee didn’t last very long. The 29-year-old has received one appearance each with the Brewers and with the Padres this season, allowing five earned runs in 2 1/3 frames. Kirkman owns a 5.28 ERA in his 109 career innings at the major league level, with 8.6 K/9 to go with 4.6 BB/9.
I like it– I do. The Brewers are doing a good job trying to throw stuff at a wall and hoping that it sticks. That’s how they got Jeffress– This is a good strategy for rebuilding teams. They nailed down two high upside guys in Nolin and Rymer Liriano off of the DFA wire who could potentially work out once returning and Marinez has been a good piece down in AAA for Tampa for the past few years.
Agree. This is a part of player acquisition (DFA’d, released, waived and even independent league players) and player development that most teams do not take seriously.
Your scouts have to be thorough on all evaluations all the time (to know who is worth going after/bringing in) and your player development staff has to know what they are doing, but because a player has been DFA’d or released does not mean they have no potential.
There is more to acquiring talent than just drafts (rule 4 and rule 5), trades and high profile free agents
He’s so much better than Steve Geltz, Ryan Webb, and Dana Eveland, yet the Rays keep them on their roster and continue to use them. Marinez is not good either, but compared to these guys…