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Brewers sign JJ Hoover to a minor league deal

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The Milwaukee Brewers have signed reliever JJ Hoover to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Hoover was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks last month after a year in which he posted a 3.92 ERA and a 54/26 K/BB ratio over 41.1 innings. That wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t good enough for the Dbacks to want to go to arbitration with him. He was a train wreck with the Reds in 2016, so what the Brewers will get out of him next year is anyone’s guess.

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?