At least as the team’s lone closer, and at least for now. Ozzie Guillen didn’t like what he saw in Seattle last night, when Jenks blew a save in his second bad outing in three games:
”I got three guys there that can [close games]. I’ve
got Thornton, I’ve got Putz throwing the ball good. Even Santos is throwing the ball good. Hopefully, we’ll put Bobby
back in those situations when we see him throwing the ball the way we
know he can throw it.”
Guillen is right about having other options, especially Putz and Thornton, who have been among the best relievers in baseball this year. Still, it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Guillen has lost patience with Jenks, yet he has returned to the closer’s role fairly quickly in the past.
Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.
Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.
Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.
Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.