Brewers nominate Dinelson Lamet and Pedro Severino for assignment

The Brewers told reporters, including Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a series of lineout moves ahead of today’s game. right handed Freddy Peralta was reinstated from the 60-day injured list, while the acquisition of the delay matt bush has been added to the list. Infielder Keston Hiura was also recalled. In matching moves, the club opted right Pierre Strzelecki and designated right Dinelson Lamet and receiver Pedro Severino for assignment.

Lamet getting dropped from the roster comes as a surprise, as he was just acquired from the Padres a few days ago as part of Josh Hader’s trade. MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy relayed a quote from Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns trying to explain. “Dinelson has a good arm and was included in the trade to help balance the deal,” Stearns said. “As subsequent transactions, adjusting the list became a little more difficult. We hope to keep it in our system.

The reference to “subsequent transactions” seems to imply that the brewers ended up making other transactions that ousted Lamet from their plans. Lamet and the other players in the Hader deal were acquired on Monday, the day before the trade deadline. As Deadline played out yesterday, the club also added Bush and Trevor Rosenthal in separate deals. Maybe the Brewers appreciate those pitchers more than they see Lamet, which led to Lamet losing his spot on the roster today.

Although Lamet technically has remaining options, Hogg points out that he recently surpassed five years of MLB service time. Players over that threshold cannot be picked without their consent, meaning Lamet had to be DFA to be removed from the roster. It also means that, should Lamet agree to the waivers, he would have the right to refuse an outright assignment and elect free agency without forfeiting his salary, as all players beyond five years of MLB service can.

Frankly, it would be very surprising if Lamet allowed waivers, given his track record and modest salary. He was one of baseball’s best pitchers in the shortened 2020 season, recording a 2.09 ERA over 12 starts with a 34.8 percent strikeout rate and 7.5 walk rate. %. He faced injury issues in later seasons, being relegated to bullpen duty and being optional for minors at times. Still, he earns a modest $4.775 million in salary this year and can be retained for another season through arbitration. Due to his injuries, underperformance and time spent in the minors, he probably wouldn’t earn a huge raise for 2023.

Now that the trade deadline has passed, it complicates Lamet’s status. For one thing, the Brewers won’t be able to reach a deal to send Lamet elsewhere, as they could have done before the deadline. On the other hand, for clubs seeking bullpen upgrades outside of their organization, waiver requests are now the only way to do so. It seems very likely that a club will give Lamet a chance, either a contender looking for a boost in the stretch, or a rebuilding team that will give him some time to regain his previous form and perhaps be trading it in the offseason or next year.

Beyond the status of Lamet, this will immediately change the calculation to evaluate the Hader trade. “The players we get into this trade help ensure that the future for the Milwaukee Brewers remains bright without compromising our desire and expectations to win today,” was how Stearns phrased the trade at the time. “This mix of current Major League talent and top prospects reinforces our goal of getting as many bites of the apple as possible and ultimately bringing a World Series to Milwaukee. Trading good players with good teams is tough, and Josh certainly is. We also recognize that to give our organization the best chance of sustainable competitiveness, to avoid the extended downtimes that so many organizations experience, we need to make decisions which are not easy. Two of the four players acquired, Robert Gasser and Esteury Ruiz, have already been assigned to minor league clubs. Although they could be called up later in the year, that currently leaves Taylor Rogers as the the only trade player on the big league roster.While Rogers is certainly a good player, few would say he was capable of throwing at Hader’s elite level.

More soon.


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