PITTSBURGH – Forty-eight hours after announcing the acquisition of bowler Dinelson Lamet from San Diego Padres at Josh Hader’s trade, Milwaukee Brewers appointed him for commissioning in a series of roster moves Wednesday afternoon.
“Denilson has a good arm and has been included in the trade to help balance the deal,” said David Stearns, head of baseball operations. “As subsequent transactions continue, the list has gotten a little trickier. Hopefully we can keep it in our system.”
Lamette finished fourth in the Cy Young Award voting in 2020, but has struggled with injuries and a shaky performance since then, coming in at a 5.46 average earned over 59 innings over the past two seasons.
Why did the Brewers decide to hire Lamet for appointment
By assigning Lamet, 30, to the appointment, any other team can claim him and add him to their roster of 40 players. If he hits concessions, he could be fired by brewers to a minor league roster or released.
While there was no guarantee he would perform at the level the Brewers needed, having allowed 12 assisted passes over his last seven runs, the team has spoken in recent days of their belief in his ability to be an essential part of the game.
Stearns said Monday about Lamet and Taylor Rogers, another big-league loyalist sent to Milwaukee in the trade. “To be able to bring back two big league pieces that fit into that group, I think it helps.”
Brewers manager Craig Consell said on Tuesday: “This is a guy who’s been one of the elite in this league. He’s had a lot of injuries and he’s had some struggles. You’re trying to try to help him out a little bit and get him back in there. But I think you’re asking any hitter and anybody on the sidelines watching him and he’s He plays when he was good, and is the best slider in baseball when he was good.
“We have to work to get there, but obviously there’s a lot of talent out there and we’re picking up a player who has a lot of talent and we kind of see what happens.”
The reason for the DFA, as explained by Brewers: Lamet recently cleared the five-year service time threshold, which means he can refuse to be demoted to the minor leagues. Left with a roster crunch, as Stearns described it, the Brewers had to clear an active roster spot and see Lamet as the last person on the Bullpen.
One of the reasons Lamett was included in the return of Hader, who has won the National League title three times, was to help even with the amount of salary they both receive.
But if he will become a DFA nominee two days later after only two players have been added to the roster – a relatively low number given the flurry of activity that Deadline activity teams are undergoing – the move remains baffling.
There is also still a question as to why Lamet chose the player in the active list as the player to be assigned to the task given their upward trend.
Brewers remember Keston Heura; Pedro Severino has been appointed to the task
AAA Class Brewers Keston Hiura and fisherman Pedro Severino have also been called up for the appointment.
Hiura was one of the top hitters on the team with an OPS of .805 before he was selected on July 13th but wasn’t a perfect fit on the roster as it is currently created. Instead, The Brewers chose to carry three hunters, an experience that is now over.
Severino missed the first 80 games of the season while on suspension due to a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug, and even after his return, he saw breaks playing time. He played in eight games, went 4 for 18 on the board, and hit a hard hit in an awkward spot on Tuesday night.
Reliever Matt Bush, acquired by trade from Texas late Monday night, activated Peter Strzelecki in Class A.
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