Brewers appoint Dinelson Lamet, Pedro Severino for assignment

The Brewers have announced to reporters, including: Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a series of roster moves ahead of today’s game. Right Freddy Peralta has been recovered from 60-day injured list while deadline acquisition Matt Bush has been added to the list. infielder Keston Hiura was also recalled. In corresponding moves, the club chose to the right Peter Strzeleckic and designated righty Dinelson Lamet and catcher Pedro Severino for assignment.

The fact that Lamet is being dropped from the roster comes as a surprise as he was just taken over from the Padres a few days ago as part of the Josh Hader trade. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com forwarded a quote from David Stearns, president of baseball operations at Brewers, in an attempt to explain. “Dinelson has a good arm and was involved in trading to balance the deal,” Stearns says. “As the subsequent trades took place, the selection of the roster became a little more difficult. We are hopeful that we can keep him in our system.”

The reference to “next trades” seems to imply that the Brewers ended up making other trades that pushed Lamet out of their plans. Lamet and the other players in the Hader deal were taken over Monday, the day before the trading deadline. When the deadline expired yesterday, the club also added Bush and . please Trevor Rosenthal in separate offers. Perhaps the Brewers value those pitchers higher than they see Lamet, which led to Lamet losing his place on the list today.

While Lamet still has options technically, Hogg points out that he recently passed five years of MLB service. Players above that threshold cannot be chosen without their consent, meaning Lamet had to be DFA’d to be removed from the roster. That also means that, if Lamet were to grant clear waivers, he would have the right to refuse an outright assignment and make a free choice without losing his salary, as all players can after five years of MLB service.

Frankly, it would be very surprising if Lamet approved waivers, given his track record and modest salary. He was one of the best pitchers in baseball during the shortened 2020 season, with a 2.09 ERA over 12 starts with a 34.8% strikeout rate and a 7.5% walk rate. He has dealt with injuries in the following seasons, was demoted to bullpen duty and given the occasional option in the minors. Still, he earns a modest salary of $4.775 million this year and could be detained for another season via arbitration. Due to his injuries, underperformance and time spent in the minors, he probably wouldn’t earn a huge raise before 2023.

Now that the trade deadline is over, Lamet’s status is complicating. For starters, the Brewers won’t be able to make a deal to send Lamet elsewhere, as they could have done before the deadline. In fact, for clubs seeking bullpen upgrades from outside their organization, waiver claims are now the only way to do it. It seems very likely that a club will give Lamet a chance, either a contender looking for a boost in the future, or a rebuilding team that will give him some time to get back to his old form and perhaps see him in the off-season or exchange next year.

Aside from Lamet’s status, this immediately changes the calculus for evaluating the Hader trade. “The players we receive in this trade help ensure the future of the Milwaukee Brewers remains bright, without compromising our desire and expectation to win today,” Stearns said in a statement at the time. “This mix of major league talent and high-level prospects advances our goal of eating as many apples as possible and eventually bringing a World Series to Milwaukee. Swapping good players into good teams is difficult, and it certainly is. at Josh, we also recognize that we need to make decisions that are not easy to give our organization the best chance at sustainable competitiveness and to avoid the prolonged down periods that so many organizations experience.” Two of the four acquired players, Robert Gasser and Esteury Ruiz, have already been assigned to minor league clubs. While they may be recalled later in the year, this currently remains Taylor Rogers as the only player from the box on the big league-roster. While Rogers is certainly a good player, few would argue that he has been able to throw at Hader’s elite level.

As for Severino, he recently returned from an 80-game suspension after a positive PED test. This resulted in a surplus of catchers for the Brouwers, because Omar Narvaez and Victor Caratini both played well in Severino’s absence. In recent days, Narvaez has been reported to be drawing trading interest, although nothing came before the deadline. Instead, the club has simply decided to leave Severino and stay with the Narvaez-Caratini tandem.

As for Peralta, he landed in the IL in May due to shoulder pain and is now returning after an absence of more than two months. He had a great breakthrough last year, throwing for a 2.81 ERA and a 33.6% strikeout rate. This year his performance dropped a bit, perhaps because of the shoulder problems. He had a 4.42 ERA and a 30.3% strikeout, still high but not quite as dominant, before landing on the shelf. When his health problems are over and he can return to his 2021 form, he will help the Brewers form one of the most terrifying rotations in the sport, alongside Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, Eric Lauer and Aaron Ashby.

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