Here are a few minor moves to round out the day’s transactions …
- The Brewers announced that they inked reliever Michael Tonkin after he was released by the Rangers earlier today. Tonkin has pitched in parts of five seasons with the Twins and threw last year in Japan. The 29-year-old allowed just two hits and one earned run in his 4 2/3 innings this spring, though that’s obviously quite a limited sample. Tonkin threw 51 innings last year for the Nippon Ham Fighters, carrying a 3.71 ERA with an unsightly (and uncharacteristic) combination of 5.8 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9.
- Righty Christian Bergman was cut loose by the Cubs, who had signed him in early February. The 30-year-old reliever was knocked around in limited spring action. He carries a 5.59 ERA in 215 2/3 total innings in the big leagues, compiled over the past five seasons.
If you’re a reliever with some upside, you’re welcome to come to Milwaukee.
Love the Tonkin pickup by the Brewers. Even the smallest sample size in spring training can tell people how a player will do at the Triple-A level (but not at the MLB level, that’s a completely different comparison). He should be able to earn himself a roster spot at some point in 2019.