The Brewers have acquired left-hander Bennett Sousa from the Reds in exchange for cash considerations and international bonus pool space. Both teams have announced the trade. Milwaukee placed Aaron Ashby (who could miss the rest of the season due to shoulder surgery) on the 60-day injured list in order to create 40-man roster space.
The trade adds to a busy week for Sousa, who was designated for assignment by Cincinnati on Wednesday and then celebrated his 28th birthday on Thursday. It also marks the second time in less than two months that Sousa will be changing teams, as the Reds just claimed him off DFA waivers from the White Sox back in February.
Sousa made his MLB debut last season, posting an 8.41 ERA over 20 1/3 relief innings for Chicago. With only a 12.5% strikeout rate and an inflated 10.4% walk rate to go along with the rough ERA, there wasn’t a lot to like about Sousa’s first stint in the majors, apart from perhaps a 49.3% grounder rate. Sousa’s ability to keep the ball on the ground has fluctuated over his five minor league seasons, but his overall grounder is over the 50 percent threshold.
He also showed a lot more aptitude for strikeouts in the minors, including a 32.24% strikeout rate over 50 1/3 Triple-A innings. Control has been a bit more of an issue for Sousa since returning from the canceled 2020 minor league season, yet there’s enough in his skillset that it isn’t surprising why a team with a 40-man roster spot to spare might have interest. The Brewers have had a lot of success with unheralded relief pitchers in recent years, so they might see some untapped potential in Sousa.
If there’s one thing. Milwaukee knows how to do it’s build a solid bullpen.
Pitching staff as a whole. They have one of the best starting rotations in mlb.
Could you see any room for Chris Archer?
I think they’ve probably looked at Chris archer but they may not feel like they have the answers to his struggles
This trade in its own right feels like they must’ve seen something they think they can try to adjust to correct Sousa’s problems. And it comes at a low cost. But since I don’t think Archer would cost a whole lot in salary, my guess is they don’t have the answers for his struggles
They do LOVE a project
Sousa may not have been on the same page as DJ, and the reds dispose of this types quickly….
“The streets will flow with the blood of the non-believers!”
Call him on the Sousa phone tuba bullpen.
Not cool blowing funds from international signings for a LH RP and no control. Brewers scouts have improved the minors extremely…case in point Chourio.
Dumpster Divin Theo
Not to toot his horn, but this kid has star power. See him in stripes forever