The Brewers have claimed Ryan Weber off waivers from the Red Sox, and assigned the right-hander to Triple-A. In another move, the Brewers also announced that right-hander Chad Sobotka was outrighted to Triple-A.
Weber was designated for assignment two days ago by the Red Sox, following a single appearance that saw Weber allow 11 runs to the Blue Jays in 5 2/3 innings of mop-up duty. It was an ugly end to a three-year tenure in Boston for Weber, who posted a 5.54 ERA over 89 1/3 innings with the Red Sox, starting eight of his 36 games.
Weber’s ability to work as a swingman or multi-inning reliever clearly intrigued the Brewers enough to make a claim. Weber does have only a career 5.30 ERA, and his low (15.1%) strikeout rate makes him something of an outlier on a Milwaukee pitching staff that tends to favor hurlers who miss a lot of bats. However, Weber’s 52.3% groundball rate over 163 career innings fits right into a Brewers team with a cumulative 45.6% grounder rate this season, tied for the fifth-best rate of any pitching unit in baseball.
Sobotka came to Milwaukee from Atlanta as part of the Orlando Arcia trade in early April. Sobotka has yet to see any big league action with his new club, and the right-hander has only pitched 3 2/3 innings for Triple-A Nashville due to a sinus infection. Sobotka has a 5.36 ERA/4.22 SIERA, 28.8% strikeout rate, and 14.2% walk rate over 47 career innings with the Braves from 2018-20.
I wish him well n hopes he does well. He’s a trooper.
Weber over Brennan? Interesting. Glad Boston has Brennan who in his lone appearance showed me more than Weber has since he first put on a Red Sox uniform.
Sobotka is a centerpiece to a dominant rotation. He’s the bomb.
While I get you were trying for sarcasm, he’s been exclusively a reliever for 6 years now and has just 10 starts total in his entire pro career
So you have me puzzled
RHP that throw 88 mph fastballs in this day’s MLB are going extinct and this guy ain’t helping the case. Good luck to him though.
Thank God!!! Nice kid and all but I just couldn’t bear seeing this guy on the mound for Boston ever again! I wish him the best of luck in Milwaukee and hope he’s able to find a long term home with them.
All that is left now is to wait for the posters that lambasted the RS for promoting him for a day, to now lambaste the RS for getting rid of him.
I am now going to be shocked at any pitcher that clears waivers.
Maybe a nice low-key environment like Milwaukee will do Weber good
Anyone care to wager the number of appearances before The Brewers DFA this guy? I’m gonna say 3.
I think you may be right!
He is the uncrafty Jamie Moyer.
With a mask on to cover his identity!
Term sticky fingers has an entirely different meaning in this day and age. Applies, more than likely.. To Weber as one of bloom’s spin magic hopefuls of the last cpl years that many knew was a bust.
As was brought up in this topic already, it’s mighty hard to survive with a FB in the 88-90mph range and no so called out pitch, which perfectly describes Weber.
HELLO ! We need hitters. Our lineup today had about 3 Major league hitters in it! We need a trade for a position player, not another Ham and Egger minus pitcher!
all in the suit that you wear
I just googled and no news about Brandon Brennan yet. Could that mean someone claimed him and they are working out a deal? He was DFA’d before Weber.
Brennan cleared waivers and is back in AAA
Can we release Garret Richards already! Enough is enough with this guy. Bring up a pitcher from the minor league system or make a trade. Perez is another one who is on the cusp as well.
AL34 – WHO WOULD YOU PUT IN RICHARDS SPOT IN THE ROTATION????
Chris Sale in 4-6 weeks
Hopefully Sale in 4-6 weeks.
That means Richards is staying until another option is available.
The depth was:
Houck – coming off DL
Seabold – DL
Mata – DL
Whitlock – affective in the bullpen (and needed there)
Andriese – more ineffective than Richards
No risk for the Brewers. Continuing to add bullpen options which is never a bad idea.
Weber is a classic 4A guy. Every team needs one.
Yeah and the Brewers have about 4 in their lineup every night.