Brewers DFA pitcher Dinelson Lamet after acquiring Josh Hader in trade

PITTSBURGH – Forty-eight hours after announcing the acquisition of pitcher Dinelson Lamet from the San Diego Padres in the Josh Hader trade, the Milwaukee Brewers designated him for assignment in a series of roster moves on Wednesday afternoon.

“Dinelson has a good arm and was included in the trade to help balance the deal,” Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said. “As the next few trades happened, adjusting the roster got a little tougher. Hopefully we can keep him in our system.”

By designating Lamet, 30, for assignment, any other team can claim him and add him to their 40-man roster. If he clears waivers, he could be dealt by the Brewers to the minor leagues or released.

Lamet finished fourth in Cy Young Award voting in 2020, but has since battled injuries and inconsistent performance, posting a 5.46 earned run average in 59 ⅓ innings over the past two seasons.

While there was no guarantee he would perform at the level the Brewers needed, having allowed 12 earned runs over his last seven innings, the team had spoken in recent days about its faith in his ability to be a key piece of the bullpen .

“I think it was important for us to feel like we were stabilizing our bullpen, understanding how big a piece Josh is in it and he was,” Stearns said Monday of Lamett and Taylor Rogers, the other major league reliever sent to Milwaukee in Milwaukee. trade. “So to be able to bring back two big-league pieces that fit into that group, I think it’s helpful.”

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet works against a Pittsburgh Pirates batter during the first game of a baseball game Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet works against a Pittsburgh Pirates batter during the first game of a baseball game Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday: “This is a guy who has been elite in this league. He’s been through a lot of injuries and he’s been through some hardships. You try to help him a little bit and get him back there. But I think you ask any hitter and anybody who was on the sidelines watching him play when he was good, and he’s the best slider in baseball when he was good.

“We have to work to get there but obviously there’s a lot of talent there and we’re getting a player with a lot of talent and we’ll see what happens.”

The rationale for the DFA, as explained by the Brewers: Lamet had recently cleared the five-year service limit, meaning he could refuse a demotion to the minor leagues. Left with a critical roster situation as characterized by Stearns, the Brewers needed to clear an active roster spot and saw Lamet as the last guy in the bullpen.

One of the reasons Lamet was included in the return for Hader, a three-time National League reliever of the year, was to help even out the salary cap on both sides.

But if he were to be a DFA candidate two days later after adding just two more players to the roster — a relatively low number considering the flurry of activity teams are undergoing at the deadline — the move remains puzzling.

The question also remains as to why Lamet was the player on the active roster selected as the one to be designated for assignment given his upside.

Brewers recall Keston Hiura? Pedro Severino was designated for assignment

The Brewers also recalled Keston Hiura from Class AAA and designated catcher Pedro Severino for assignment.

Hiura was one of the team’s best hitters with an .805 OPS before being picked up on July 13, but he hasn’t been an optimal fit on the roster as currently constructed. Instead, the brewers opted to carry three collectors, an experiment that has now been completed.

Severino missed the first 80 games of the season while sidelined for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug and, even after returning, saw sporadic playing time. He played in eight games, going 4 for 18 at the plate, and hit as a pinch hitter in a crucial spot Tuesday night.

Reliever Matt Bush, acquired via trade from Texas late Monday night, was activated and Peter Strzelecki was optioned to AAA.

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