Scott Schoeneweis signs with the Brewers

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Scott Schoeneweis struggled with depression following the death of his wife last May, but was able to successfully return to the mound in September and this afternoon signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers.
An autopsy later revealed that Schoeneweis’ wife (and the mother of his four children) passed away from an overdose of cocaine and lidocaine. After taking some time off he rejoined the Diamondbacks’ bullpen in mid-June, but understandably wasn’t himself and eventually was placed on the disabled list with depression.
Schoeneweis returned to allow just one run in seven appearances over the final three weeks of the season and has long been an excellent left-handed specialist, allowing left-handed hitters to bat just .236, .204, and .178 against him from 2006-2008. He’ll compete to be the second southpaw in Milwaukee’s bullpen and the 36-year-old should be a good fit, with an $800,000 salary waiting if he makes the team.

Athletics designate Fernando Rodney

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Veteran reliever Fernando Rodney has been designated for assignment, the Athletics announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the club selected the contract of lefty reliever Wei-Chung Wang from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Rodney, 42, struggled to find his footing at the start of his second season with the A’s. He appeared in 17 games this spring, but harbored an unsightly 9.42 ERA during the span of just 14 1/3 innings, flanked by an equally disheartening 7.5 BB/9 against his 8.8 SO/9. While the right-hander isn’t far removed from his last productive campaign in the majors — as evidenced by the cumulative 3.36 ERA and 25 saves he delivered for the Twins and A’s in 2018 — the club evidently felt ready to take things in a different direction this season.

It’s still unclear whether this will mark the end of Rodney’s time in Major League Baseball; if so, he’ll finish a 17-year track in the majors with three All-Star designations, 908 career strikeouts, and 325 career saves (best among all active pitchers and 18th-best overall).

Without Rodney, the Athletics will look to former Brewers reliever Wang to bolster a bullpen that currently ranks fifth-best in the American League. The 27-year-old lefty hasn’t stepped on a major-league mound since 2017, but recently impressed in Triple-A after inking a minors contract with the team in February. He holds a 3.75 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and 8.3 SO/9 through his first 24 innings with the organization.