The Brewers have outrighted right-handed relievers Alex Wilson and Jake Petricka, per a club announcement. Both were designated for assignment recently.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel suggests on Twitter that the veteran hurlers will accept their assignments to Triple-A, though that is not yet official. Both would have the ability to decline and become free agents if they prefer; with more than five years of MLB service they’d each also be able to keep any guaranteed money.
Wilson is playing on a $750K base salary under the minors deal he inked with the Milwaukee organization. It’s not known whether he signed an advance consent clause upon being added to the MLB roster. Petricka agreed to a split contract when he inked with the Brewers.
Neither pitcher was at his best in the early going for the Brewers. Wilson was clobbered for a dozen earned runs in 11 1/3 frames. Petricka allowed only three earned in eight innings but managed an ugly 3:6 K/BB ratio.
Wilson think probably needed more time to get his act together this spring. A casualty of the market. Good middle reliever who pitches to contact and relies on control to get people out. A guy didn’t like as the throw in with the Porcello deal and would like to see back in Boston with the PawSox for a bit until he gets things worked out, then dump Thornburg for good and let Wilson finish the season with him, Waldon and Workman as the middle 1IP guys.
I would take Wilson and Porcello back, as a tigers fan!
I’d like to see Wilson come back to Boston as well. It was fun listening to the radio broadcasts where they talked about him being from Hurricane High School because people from that area pronounce it “hurr-ick-in” which makes it easy to tell who hasn’t been there. I’ve found that Pawtucket, RI does the same thing. I grew up in RI and currently live in WV, albeit a long way from Hurricane.
As a Tigers fan also, I will pass on both. Porcello is overpriced and nothing more than an innings eater, and middle relievers like Wilson are a dime a dozen.
Agree Porcello isn’t worth 20mAAV and he’s no more than a #3 at best and more likely? A 4-5 who can be counted on for a SOLID 180-200IP every season, which he has consistently shown over the years.
He has said in the media that would like to stay in Boston, but with him making the current 20m, it’s not going to happen. I see his next AAV at around 10-12m and 2-3Y, which would have never worked in negotiations over an extension for obvious reasons.
Good thing you arent a GM
Please take free agency