The Brewers told reporters, including Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a series of lineout moves ahead of today’s game. right handed Freddy Peralta was reinstated from the 60-day injured list, while the acquisition of the delay matt bush has been added to the list. Infielder Keston Hiura was also recalled. In matching moves, the club opted right Pierre Strzelecki and designated right Dinelson Lamet and receiver Pedro Severino for assignment.
Lamet getting dropped from the roster comes as a surprise, as he was just acquired from the Padres a few days ago as part of Josh Hader’s trade. MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy relayed a quote from Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns trying to explain. “Dinelson has a good arm and was included in the trade to help balance the deal,” Stearns said. “As subsequent transactions, adjusting the list became a little more difficult. We hope to keep it in our system.
The reference to “subsequent transactions” seems to imply that the brewers ended up making other transactions that ousted Lamet from their plans. Lamet and the other players in the Hader deal were acquired on Monday, the day before the trade deadline. As Deadline played out yesterday, the club also added Bush and Trevor Rosenthal in separate deals. Maybe the Brewers appreciate those pitchers more than they see Lamet, which led to Lamet losing his spot on the roster today.
Although Lamet technically has remaining options, Hogg points out that he recently surpassed five years of MLB service time. Players over that threshold cannot be picked without their consent, meaning Lamet had to be DFA to be removed from the roster. It also means that, should Lamet agree to the waivers, he would have the right to refuse an outright assignment and elect free agency without forfeiting his salary, as all players beyond five years of MLB service can.
Frankly, it would be very surprising if Lamet allowed waivers, given his track record and modest salary. He was one of baseball’s best pitchers in the shortened 2020 season, recording a 2.09 ERA over 12 starts with a 34.8 percent strikeout rate and 7.5 walk rate. %. He faced injury issues in later seasons, being relegated to bullpen duty and being optional for minors at times. Still, he earns a modest $4.775 million in salary this year and can be retained for another season through arbitration. Due to his injuries, underperformance and time spent in the minors, he probably wouldn’t earn a huge raise for 2023.
Now that the trade deadline has passed, it complicates Lamet’s status. For one thing, the Brewers won’t be able to reach a deal to send Lamet elsewhere, as they could have done before the deadline. On the other hand, for clubs seeking bullpen upgrades outside of their organization, waiver requests are now the only way to do so. It seems very likely that a club will give Lamet a chance, either a contender looking for a boost in the stretch, or a rebuilding team that will give him some time to regain his previous form and perhaps be trading it in the offseason or next year.