Back in December the Brewers signed right-hander Alfredo Figaro to a minor-league deal, except it turned out he was still under contract with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan.
So they put things on hold and his agent negotiated a release from Orix, which finally happened officially today as the Brewers announced the signing.
Figaro, who pitched briefly in the majors for the Tigers in 2009 and 2010, gets an invitation to spring training as part of the minor-league deal. In two seasons with Orix the 28-year-old right-hander threw 188 innings with a 3.31 ERA and 127/55 K/BB ratio.
Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio is reporting that Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has requested a trade out of Miami. Jon Heyman is characterizing it as Realmuto telling the team that he “wouldn’t mind” a trade.
Either way, Realmuto has no power to force a trade. This isn’t the NBA or something. Still, it’s evidence of just how dreary a prospect remaining in Miami is for Marlins veterans in the wake of trades that sent Giancarlo Stanton to New York, Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis.
Realmuto, who will turn 27 just before the 2018 season, hit .278/.332/.451 with 17 homers, 65 RBI, and eight steals over 141 games this past season. He only has three years of service time and is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason. He made just $562K in the 2017 and will get a big raise this year, but he’s still going to be underpaid based on his production. If the Marlins wanted to trade him, they’d get a nice return. Why they would want to trade him, I have no idea.
Expect more of this sort of thing as the Marlins slash payroll and make it clear that their immediate priorities are more about saving money and less about winning baseball games. Which may or may not be a valid goal for the team’s new owners, but is certainly a letdown for baseball players and fans.