As first reported by MASN’s Roch Kubatko, the Pirates have acquired utilityman Steve Lombardozzi from the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations. Lombardozzi has been extended an invitation to major league spring training, where he will attempt to win a spot on the Pirates’ Opening Day roster.
Lombardozzi has played all around the diamond defensively and he is only 26 years old, but the former 19th-round pick of the Nationals owns a weak .266/.297/.341 career batting line through 829 plate appearances at the major league level. Washington dealt him to Detroit in the Doug Fister trade back in December 2013.
He was then moved to the O’s in March 2014 for veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.