The Tigers announced on Thursday that pitcher Michael Fulmer has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday, with right elbow ulnar neuritis. The club selected the contract of reliever Edward Mujica from Triple-A Toledo.
Fulmer, 24, has had another good season, but struggled in his most recent start, giving up seven runs in six innings to the Yankees on Monday. Overall, he’s carrying a 3.59 ERA with a 100/31 K/BB ratio in 140 1/3 innings. Fulmer won the American League Rookie of the Year Award last year.
Mujica, 33, hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2015. With Toledo, he posted a 2.35 ERA with a 38/5 K/BB ratio in 46 innings out of the bullpen.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.