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Brewers sign Jared Hughes to one-year deal

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Free agent right-hander Jared Hughes picked up a one-year contract with the Brewers on Saturday, per a team announcement. The veteran sinkerballer was released by the Pirates last Wednesday after a rough spring performance.

Hughes, 31, is coming off of a six-year career in Pittsburgh. He experienced some setbacks during his 2016 campaign with the Pirates, putting up a 3.03 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 and 5.2 SO/9 in 59 1/3 innings while watching his fWAR plummet to a career-worst -0.4.

The veteran reliever will make the Brewers’ Opening Day roster after the club assigned right-handers Rob Scahill and Tyler Cravy to their Triple-A roster on Saturday. He’ll join a relief corps that turned in a collective 1.7 fWAR during the 2016 season and currently features right-handers Neftali Feliz, Carlos Torres, Jhan Marinez, Corey Knebel, Jacob Barnes and Taylor Jungmann and lefty Tommy Milone.

Mariners acquire Nick Rumbelow from Yankees

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The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.

The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.

Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.

Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.