The minor league contract left-hander Wade Miley signed with the Brewers last month contains a March 22 opt-out clause, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com tweets. Miley can ask for his release if the Brewers don’t inform him that he has made the club by then, McCalvy adds. The latest we’ll know Miley’s fate is March 24, as he’s an Article XX(B) free agent whom Milwaukee must either cut loose or put on its roster by that date. The 31-year-old Miley has a legitimate chance to win a spot in the Brewers’ rotation, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentintel suggested Saturday.
- More on the Brewers, who are “monitoring the catching market,” according to Haudricourt. Their backstops at the moment are Manny Pina and Jett Bandy, while Stephen Vogt will open the season on the disabled list, manager Craig Counsell told McCalvy and other reporters Sunday. Assuming the Brewers don’t change their minds and release Vogt, his $3.065MM salary will become guaranteed on Opening Day. Vogt has been out since late February with a capsule strain in his right shoulder. He has a fan in Brewers general manager David Stearns, who said (via Haudricourt): “We want him here. Stephen brings a lot to this team.”
- Even after acquiring Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks in late February, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team would give Miguel Andujar a chance to win its starting third base job. That bid officially came to an end Sunday, as the Yankees optioned the highly touted Andujar to Triple-A, setting up Drury to start at the hot corner. The 23-year-old Andujar held his own during spring action, though, with a .916 OPS in a team-leading 42 at-bats.
- Red Sox infielder Deven Marrero is drawing interest from other clubs, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports. Marrero’s out of options, meaning the Red Sox will have to roster him, deal him or risk losing him for nothing in the coming week-plus. The 27-year-old saw action across the infield with the Red Sox from 2015-17, but he produced a meager .208/.259/.309 batting line over that 258-plate appearance sample size.
- Before reliever Justin Grimm signed with the Royals on Sunday, he consulted with his friend, former Cubs teammate and ex-KC closer Wade Davis, per Maria Torres of the Kansas City Star. Davis, a Royal from 2013-16 (and a World Series champion in ’15), offered glowing reviews for the franchise and the city, which helped the Royals reel in Grimm. “He had really nice things to say about the city of Kansas City, the organization, the training staff, the coaches, from the top down,” Grimm said. “That’s one guy that I look up to … It definitely swayed my decision.”
Miley will make the brewers roster. Marrero will also make the Red Sox roster.
Marrero should absolutely make the roster over Holt. I believe Holt can be sent to AAA but I wouldn’t be surprised if they just cut him outright. Slap hitter with no power, versatile defensively but is a terrible defender anywhere but 2B where they have cheaper, younger, better depth
Marrero not too sure about
How does marrero crack the team? You have to think Brock holt is the utility guy. They also have to consider keeping swihart who is the superior player. I don’t see a spot.
Holt to AAA
Lin has 2 more options, same slick glove at SS/2b and learning to play CF as well and plays 3b some to. No need for Marrero and his sick bat with Holt/Nunez on the roster as utility guys and Lin at pawtucket.
Holt has been terrible the past 2 seasons. Marrero is the only above average shortstop in that entire group. His defense will play a critical role in the team’s success this year, book it!
Or he’ll be traded to Minnesota next week to cover Polanco’s suspension for the first half of the season.
Due to having to carry Swihart unless they trade him they won’t carry Marrero and will try to me him. This is only if they don’t trade Swihart. Holt has a huge clubhouse importance and bring a fire to his game I don’t see from Marrero.
Not said is whether the team can count on getting anything from Marco Hernandez. If with time to heal they believe he will produce this year, Marrero is expendable given the surprise emergence of Lin who looked good at third the other day. Sweihart is making the roster.
People forget Wade Miley was a 2012 All-Star. Lots of potential there for the Brews to tap.
that’s 6 years ago. Of course people would forget.
Yea don’t forget, josh Hamilton was an Allstar Years ago too
Almost entirely irrelevant
Yeah but his overall stuff is good—and there’s still a lot of potential. I’m an O’s fan and while his results weren’t there, I really liked his pitches. His trouble was giving up too many walks, the result of nibbling rather than trusting his stuff and attacking with it.
People also forget that Bryan LaHair was Miley’s all star teammate in 2012. So much untapped potential there.
Oh good…another to add to your useless list…. “People forget Wade Miley was a 2012 All-Star. Lots of potential there for the Brews to tap.” and People forget Brett Anderson won America a bronze medal in 2008 by going 7 strong against Japan. Have to consider that when signing him.”..and…..”People forget Frieri pitched in the 2017 WBC for Columbia. Still some gas in the tank.”….. and “People forget Joey Gallo was the 2014 Futures Game MVP. Merits an extension.”
It’s looking like he will, unfortunately.
Hint: The dude is trolling. Don’t feed the trolls. They are popping up more and more here and it’s annoying.
Hopefully Grimm can figure it out again in KC. So they can flip him. I am actually shocked KC got him.
Drury has had a really strong spring along with Wade. Those plays each of them made yesterday against Detroit were excellent and shows their gonna be just fine. I’ve hoped that Wade would make this team and he’s certainly making a case for it.
Wade is making a case for it? With a 5.06 ERA this spring?
Dude did you even read my post. If you did you’d know I was talking about TYLER WADE YANKEES…
How does a player become article 20 in the first place? I read the older articles you linked to but it’s unclear what actually triggers this clause.
It’s just a regular free agent. Darvish was one, Hosmer was one, etc. It’s only free agents that sign a minors deal that get the opt out though.
Miley won’t make the brewers. He sucks. Plus we have Nelson coming back so whoever is our fifth starter is going to be cut or move to the bullpen
Miley will more than likely make The Brewers roster. Nelson won’t be back until about early-mid June, so someone has to fill that spot until he’s back.
Nelson is out and just suffered one of the worst injuries a pitcher can have. There is no guarantee he will have anywhere near the same impact as he did last year.
Miley will make the Brewers with Nelson going to the 60 day dl. Think the Brewers should then cut Bandy , trade Nate Orf and Kyle Wren to Boston for Swihart.
You’re thinking it will be Guerra + Suter?
I think I have come to the conclusion that the Neil Walker signing was not needed. The opening day roster should have Andujar at 3B and Drury/Wade at 2B and whichever of Drury/Wade doesnt get the starting 2B job becomes utility along with Torreyes. The Neil Walker signing is what forced Andujar down and I believe it was unjustifiably so. Hope Andujar doesnt spend too long at AAA and they stop wasting time on veterans passed their prime. Neil Walker is good but no where close to the potentials that Andujar, Wade, and Drury possess, not to mention Gleyber. The only argument for Neil Walker being on the opening day roster is that he can also play first in case Bird AND Austin get injured but in that sense I would have rather just kept Dunn in the minors.
The Yankees’ signing of Walker cost someone service time. Injuries happen and by May or June, the team’s depth will allow those deserving to be on the MLB roster as replacements for those on the DL or who are not performing. Price paid for Walker is so minimal that if warranted, he could be flipped or even released.
They were not only needed they were essential. Him going down to AAA gives the Yankees a full extra year of control and gives Andujar more time to get his glove right. He can hit with the best of them but lacks defensively and you can’t have that at 3rd. Walker was a steal of a deal and is above average across the board both defensively and offensively. Plus look at how much judge and other guys struggled when they first come up. Yankees couldn’t risk relying solely on Torres and Andujar because if they did struggle then what? tHere was nobody else. Now there is not only depth with Drury and Walker but solid MLB contributors right now so the young guys can come up when it’s the perfect scenario rather than totally rushed. Everything cashman touches turns to gold.(with the exception of that bum elsbury which we know now was a push from Hal and not cashman) excellent moves to bring them both in!
I agree. Now that Andujar and Torres are starting in the minors, they don’t have the immediate pressure of having to perform in the big leagues and can continue to develop. Oh and Walker isn’t the worst to put in the infield. Great moves.
“Yankees couldn’t risk relying solely on Torres and Andujar because if they did struggle then what? There was nobody else”
Um, a couple things. One, I didnt say anything about Gleyber starting in the majors this season. Two, there is a plethora of people. Wade, Drury, Torreyes, Andujar, Torres, and others are all fighting for the same spot. Now you bring in Neil Walker in with a Major League deal and you cant send him to AAA if anyone in the minors shows theyre ready for the spot. Then you either have to trade him or release him and the team would probably have to do the latter since no one wanted to sign him all offseason.
I also do not think that Andujar starting in AAA gives an extra year of control like sending Torres down for 14 days would do.
Yes the Walker signing was necessary because they couldn’t go into the season with an unproven player at third and second.
Drury isnt unproven and you have to give someone like Andujar the chance to prove themselves. Considering that the lineup is so stacked, the Yankees could afford for weak play out of 3B.
Aaron Judge was unproven last year too, if we signed some OK vet would you have started him in RF too?
That’s not how Article 20B free agency works, if memory serves. They can keep him by paying him 100k. They are not obligated to cut him if he chooses not to opt out.
Different expectations last year. No one expected them to do well so it was the perfect time to let the young guys get experience. That isn’t the case this year. The team is expected to make a deep playoff run and that is a lot of pressure to out on a young guy if he makes some mistakes early or doesn’t perform.
I see what youre getting at but I’d like to point out that the lineup is so stacked they wouldnt need to produce anything and the team would still break the homerun record. So for that reason i believe there is less pressure on them. Having a lineup that good is a great opportunity to try some experiments and then fix it at the deadline if its not working out so that youre good for the playoffs. I think its very important that we see what Andujar can do if given a real shot before the Yankees shell out a massive contract for Machado. I am very high on Wade as well and would be interested to what he could do before trading him away to make space for Gleyber.
(im assuming by the nature of the comment that youre replying to me and somehow it just didnt get tagged under my other comments btw. if not then my mistake)