Brewers acquire Guerra from Rays as part of bullpen makeover

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MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers acquired right-hander Javy Guerra from the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday as part of a series of moves that reshape their bullpen.

In other transactions announced Friday night, the Brewers non-tendered right-handers Trevor Gott, Jandel Gustave and Luis Perdomo. Earlier in the day, the Colorado Rockies claimed left-hander Brent Suter off waivers from Milwaukee.

Tampa Bay designated Guerra for assignment earlier in the week. The Brewers acquired him for a player to be named.

Guerra, 27, is a former infielder who went 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 17 games for Tampa Bay this season. He struck out nine and walked eight in 16 innings.

“He’s a guy you bring into your mix with an upper-90s (mph) fastball who has a chance to pitch in the back end of games,” Brewers president of baseball operations Matt Arnold said.

Suter had pitched for the Brewers since 2016 and was their longest-tenured player. He went 5-3 with a 3.78 ERA in 54 appearances this season.

The 33-year-old Suter was the Brewers’ 2022 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, given to a player who best represents baseball through character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions on and off the field. It was the third time the Brewers had nominated him for the award.

“Incredibly thankful for what he was able to provide to this team, our clubhouse, our community – just above and beyond what you could ever ask,” Arnold said. “Probably the best teammate I’ve ever been around since I’ve been in the game.”

Gott was 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA over 45 games in 2022. Gustave was 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 27 games. Perdomo went 3-0 with a 3.80 ERA in 14 appearances.

The Brewers already had declined a $3 million team option on reliever Brad Boxberger last week. Boxberger went 4-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 70 appearances this season.

“We’re aware of what has gone out the door (in the bullpen),” Arnold said. “I will say just because you’ve non-tendered these guys doesn’t mean they’ve gone away completely.”

The Brewers also avoided going to arbitration with right-handers Matt Bush and Adrian Houser by agreeing to one-year-deals with both. Houser gets $3.6 million and Bush $1.85 million

Bush was 0-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 25 games for the Brewers after they acquired him from Texas, where he went 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 40 appearances. Houser, part of the Brewers’ starting rotation, was 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA in 2022 after going 10-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 2021.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.