Milwaukee. On Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers acquired right-hander Javi Guerra from the Tampa Bay Rays in a series of moves that changed their bullpen.
In other deals announced Friday night, the right-handed brewers did not bid. Trevor Gott, Gustave window as well as Luis Perdomo. Earlier in the day, the Colorado Rockies said the lefty Brent Suter from waivers from Milwaukee.
Earlier this week, Tampa Bay nominated Guerra for the nomination. The Brewers purchased him to name the player.
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.
“This is the guy you bring into your over-90s (mph) fastball mix who has a chance to pitch late in the game,” said Brewers president of baseball operations Matt Arnold.
Suter has been with the Brewers since 2016 and has been their longest-serving player. He went 5-3 with a 3.78 ERA in 54 games this season.
Suter, 33, was nominated by the Brewers for the 2022 Roberto Clemente Award, honoring the player who best represents baseball through character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions on and off the field. This was the third time the Brewers had nominated him for this award.
“I’m incredibly grateful for what he was able to give to this team, our club, our community – a little more and more than you could ever ask for,” said Arnold. “Probably the best teammate I’ve ever 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 games.
The Brewers have already waived a $3 million pitcher option. Brad Boxberger last week. Boxberger has gone 4-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 70 games this season.
“We know about what went out the door (in the bullpen),” Arnold said. “I’ll say that just because you didn’t put these guys up for auction doesn’t mean they’re completely gone.”
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 games. Houser, in 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.
OAKLAND, California. Billy Bean, longtime chief executive, is stepping down from the day-to-day operations of the Oakland Athletics to become a senior advisor to owner John Fisher.
David Forst head of baseball operations while retaining the title of general manager.
“It’s really just like me taking on a new role, but also David taking on the responsibility he deserves as one of the probably top executives in the game, in my opinion really,” Bean said on a conference call on Friday. “The great thing is, as I’ve said in the past, I’m still part of the athletics family. I am very grateful to John and the relationship we have developed since he became the owner.”
The Fives are aiming to build a new stadium in Oakland, and Bean will help with that, as well as strategic work in other broad areas. He may also continue to pursue non-baseball interests such as ownership stakes in professional football clubs overseas and even the cricket team in India.
“Billy was and always will be an athlete. He is my trusted advisor and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him on strategic initiatives that impact our club,” Fischer said. “This owner-level position allows Billy to pursue other non-baseball sports interests while continuing to play an important role with me and the first graders.”
Forst would lead the top five after 102 losses in manager Mark Kotsay’s first year.
“Personally, I owe a lot to Billy. I tend to think sports and industry are too,” Forst said. “I just think so much has changed about who’s been in baseball in the last 20+ years, what he’s been directly involved with, how the game is judged, how we see things.”
The 2011 film Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt as Bean, focused on the 2002 release of low-budget fives and an exciting 20-game winning streak. Oakland ended up losing in the first round of the playoffs. The film was adapted from the 2003 best-selling book by Michael Lewis, which details Bean’s unconventional methods and management style in running a baseball club.
The A’s continued to trade their best players, unable to sign their best free agents due to their financial constraints.
“There’s no denying the impact Moneyball and Billy’s high profile has had on the way we operate in baseball today and how the game is viewed,” Forst said.