Free agent right-hander Jared Hughes picked up a one-year contract with the Brewers on Saturday, per a team announcement. The veteran sinkerballer was released by the Pirates last Wednesday after a rough spring performance.
Hughes, 31, is coming off of a six-year career in Pittsburgh. He experienced some setbacks during his 2016 campaign with the Pirates, putting up a 3.03 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 and 5.2 SO/9 in 59 1/3 innings while watching his fWAR plummet to a career-worst -0.4.
The veteran reliever will make the Brewers’ Opening Day roster after the club assigned right-handers Rob Scahill and Tyler Cravy to their Triple-A roster on Saturday. He’ll join a relief corps that turned in a collective 1.7 fWAR during the 2016 season and currently features right-handers Neftali Feliz, Carlos Torres, Jhan Marinez, Corey Knebel, Jacob Barnes and Taylor Jungmann and lefty Tommy Milone.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.