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Brewers acquire Guerra dels Rays as part of bullpen makeover

Brewers acquire Guerra dels Rays as part of bullpen makeover

Brewers acquire Guerra dels 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 reshaping their bullpen.

In other transactions announced Friday night, the Brewers non-tendered right-handers Trevor Gott, Jandel Gustave and Luis Perdomo. Early in the day, the Colorado Rockies claimed lefty 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 outfielder who went 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 17 games with Tampa Bay this season He struck out nine and walked eight in 16 innings.

“He’s a guy you throw into your mix with a 90-mph fastball that has a chance to pitch late in games,” Brewers president of baseball operations Matt Arnold said.

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

Suter, 33, 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 nominated him for the award.

“Incredibly grateful for what he was able to give to this team, to our club, to our community, beyond what you could ever ask for,” Arnold said. “Probably the best teammate I’ve been with since I’ve been in the game.”

Gott was 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA in 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 had already declined a $3 million team option on reliever Brad Boxberger last week. Boxberger went 4-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 70 plate appearances this season.

“We’re aware of what’s come out the door (in the bullpen),” Arnold said. “I will say that just because you haven’t tendered these guys doesn’t mean they’re completely gone.”

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.

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