It can’t hurt

Posted by Steve

TH reports the Brewers have added a couple pitchers today.  They acquired left-handed starter Chase Wright from the Yankees, who had put Wright on Waivers and had ten days to trade him.  The Brewers sent 2007 10th round choice, C/OF Eric Fryer to New York.

Looking in terms of need, this seems to make a lot of sense for both teams.  The Yankees have plenty of starting pitching, and Wright was no better than their eighth starter.  The Brewers are obviously in need of starting pitching and have plenty of outfielders in their system.

The numbers on Wright are encouraging.  He’s not very young at 26, but he’s done fairly well in the minor leagues.  Here are his 2008 numbers split between AA and AAA.

AA: 94.1 innings, 2.96 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 53 Ks, 34 BBs

AAA: 37.1 innings, 2.41 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 19 Ks, 9 BBs

Obviously, he’s not a big strikeout guy.  Fortunately, he also doesn’t walk many.  If the Brewers go to camp with the starters they have right now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Wright get a legitimate shot to win the fifth spot in the rotation from Seth McClung.

In case you’re curious, here are the numbers for Fryer from last season in A ball:

355 ABs, .335 average/.407 OBP/.506 SLG

So it’s not like the Brewers gave up nothing for Wright.  Fryer had a strong season in A, although he is a bit old for that level at 23.  I’d expect NY to put him in AA this year.

Anyway, these are the types of deals that make sense for the Brewers.  Targeting young-ish minor league starters with minor league success who are blocked in their system.  I still wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see the Brewers add one more MLB proven starter, but these types of deals at the very least provide good depth when it’s sorely needed.

The Brewers also signed Ramiro Mendoza to a minor league deal.  Mendoza hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2005 and he is 36, so this seems to be taking a flier without risk.

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