Brewers activate Jody Gerut from the DL and release him

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Jody Gerut is finally healthy after being on the disabled list since May with a bruised heel, so the Brewers activated him from the DL today … and released him, eating the remainder of his $2 million contract.
Gerut persevered through multiple knee injuries early in his career to have an excellent bounceback season in 2008, but has hit just .223/.269/.374 in 154 games since then.
Milwaukee has little use for a 33-year-old part-time outfielder now that they’re out of contention. Plus, the Brewers just acquired a relatively similar (but younger) player in Chris Dickerson. Gerut hit well while rehabbing in the low minors, but will likely have to sign a minor-league deal and prove himself at Triple-A before getting another crack in the majors.

Report: Mariners sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.

Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.