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Brewers release Taylor Jungmann, who will go to Japan

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The Milwaukee Brewers announced a bit ago that pitcher Taylor Jungmann has been released in order to allow him to pursue an opportunity in Japan. The Brewers needed to make some sort of 40-man roster move to make way for Boone Logan, who was signed today, and this was it.

It’s not known which club Jungmann will be joining in NPB, but whoever gets him will have a pretty spiffy pitcher on their hands. The 28-year-old Jungmann spent most of 2017 season in the minors, posting a 3.06 ERA and 113/56 K/BB ratio in 123.1 innings between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Colorado Springs. While he hasn’t pitched fantastically at the big league level — he holds a 4.54 career ERA in 146.2 innings for Milwaukee and was pummeled in nine games over the past two seasons — he pitched quite well in 21 starts in his rookie season in 2015, suggesting he has some promise.

Now that promise, if it is realized, will be realized in the NPB.

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?