The Yankees announced that right-hander Colten Brewer has been released so that he can sign with a team in Nippon Professional Baseball. The Hanshin Tigers will be Brewer’s next club, according to reports out of Japan (hat tip to Yakyu Cosmopolitan).
Brewer has appeared in five of the last six MLB seasons, though 80 1/3 of his 99 1/3 career innings came as a member of the Red Sox in 2019-20. The righty made a single appearance for Boston in 2021, he spent most of 2022 pitching in the Royals’ farm system, and he made it back to the Show for three games and 8 1/3 innings for New York this season. The Rays had signed Brewer to a minor league deal during the offseason, but he was traded to the Yankees on Opening Day.
This time in the big leagues has resulted in a 4.98 ERA for Brewer, who has had issues with both control and keeping the ball in the park. His minor league numbers have been a bit better, and with more strikeouts than his 19.7 K% at the MLB level. Rather than continue in the minors with the Yankees or another organization, Brewer will earn a higher guaranteed salary in Japan, and the 30-year-old might also be looking for a new spark in his career.