The Milwaukee Brewers have elected not to re-sign reliever Jose Veras and instead will allow him a chance to clear waivers and test out free agency. This is the correct call by the Brewers organization as they prepare to overhaul the bullpen this off-season.
Milwaukee wanted to outright Veras to Triple-A Nashville, but will not under any circumstances give him what would be a $2.6 million raise through arbitration. The Brewers do not intend to reward any reliever that is responsible for the worst earned run average (4.66) and most blown saves (29) in all of baseball.
Veras’ 5-4 record and 3.63 ERA was the best numbers among Milwaukee’s relievers who pitched more than 30 2/3 innings, but his 40 walks were inexcusable. The fact is Veras was constantly in trouble during games manager Ron Roenicke wanted to get in and get out. There were simply too many times Veras walked batters in a game where the Brewers had a substantial lead and Roenicke was forced to get pitchers up in the bullpen that he wanted to rest.
Veras also only sat down 45 of the 72 first hitters he faced in an inning, which is a terrible statistic for a relief pitcher. Any time a reliever allows the first batter to reach base, especially on a walk, drives the manager and the fan base insane.
It is unfortunate it took Veras almost the entire season to start proving his worth on the team, but at that point, the bullpen had already cost Milwaukee the season. The Brewers have no choice but to find new relievers to replace the ones that were supposed to be loaded with talent. Kameron Loe, Manny Parra, Francisco Rodriguez, Livan Hernandez, and others are all on their way out of Milwaukee.
The reality of the situation is the Brewers’ offense and starting pitching were that of a playoff team. Milwaukee posted the top offense in the National League while the starters ranked in the top 10 in almost every category, and that is after numerous changes were made to the rotation due to injuries and trades.
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