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Diamondbacks non-tender Brad Boxberger

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The Diamondbacks have non-tendered right-handed reliever Brad Boxberger, according to a team announcement on Friday. Boxberger will enter the free agent pool as one of just a handful of closers available this winter.

The 30-year-old righty was initially picked up by the D-backs during a trade for right-handed pitching prospect Curtis Taylor last November and was elected the team closer at the start of the 2018 season. He finished his run in Arizona with a 4.39 ERA and 32 saves across 60 appearances, complemented by a 5.4 BB/9 ad 12.0 SO/9 through 53 1/3 innings. He saw his stock plummet toward the end of the season, however, and was temporarily booted from the closer role after a handful of shaky relief appearances in September, during which he scattered six runs, three walks, and a single strikeout over two innings.

The Diamondbacks also declined to tender a contract to right-hander Shelby Miller, who was sidelined for the majority of the season while battling from lingering elbow issues, as well as infielder/outfielder Chris Owings, who batted just above the Mendoza Line with a .206/.272/.302 batting line, four homers, and a near career-worst -0.8 fWAR in 2018.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”