The Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres are making separate signings in order to hopefully boost their bullpens, according to reports.
The Brewers made the first move, agreeing to a deal with southpaw Boone Logan, as first reported by Jon Heyman. He’ll earn $2.5 million guaranteed with $3.2 million in incentives and a club option in 2019 worth $4.125 million.
The Padres followed with a two-year deal for right-hander Craig Stammen, per Heyman. They’re also considered the “favorite” for Japanese reliever Kazuhisa Makita. Makita, a submariner, is reportedly on his way to the United States to take his physical.
Logan can provide some depth for a Brewers bullpen that could use some. It seemed like every other day there was a transaction relating to the bullpen, whether it was a call up, send down or designating for assignment. The Brewers bullpen was anchored by closer Corey Knebel, but the team was forced to throw the 5th-most innings out of the bullpen.
Left-handers had a .711 OPS off Logan last year but that number was just .477 in 2016 as a member of the Rockies. Injuries limited Logan to 21 innings with the Indians last year. As it stands, Josh Hader is the main lefty in the Brewers pen.
Stammen will return to the Padres after pitching 80.1 innings of relief for the team last season. He struck out 8.3 batters per nine, his best mark since 2013. While his 4.38 FIP didn’t match up with his 3.14 ERA, a slight regression is still probably worth it for San Diego as long as he provides innings.
Makita only struck out 35 batters in 62.2 innings but walked just five. He’s been a full-time reliever the last two years, finishing with a 1.60 and 2.30 ERA, respectively.
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