WASHINGTON – Before the deadline, the Brewers were busy collecting players and questioning them for a possible postseason game. They acquired a left-wing starter Gio Gonzalez an outfielder Curtis Granderson and a left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno in separate occupations
After sixth place in the National League Cy Young Award vote last season with a 2.96 ERA in 32 starts, Gonzalez fights in the final year of his contract. He is 7-11 with 4.57 ERA, including 1-5 with 6.55 ERA since the All-Star break and 1
WASHINGTON – The Brewers were busy before the deadline to take players and question them for a possible postseason game to acquire the left starter Gio Gonzalez Outfielder Curtis Granderson and left-handed Xavier Cedeno
After sixth place in the National League Cy Young Award vote last season with a 2.96 ERA in 32 starts, Gonzalez fights in the final year of his contract. He is 7-11 with a 4.57 ERA, including 1-5 with a 6.55 ERA since the All-Star break and 1-4 with a 7.47 ERA in August.
Video: WSH @ NYM: Gonzalez Limits Mets to 1 Over 7 Frames
The hope is that a 32-year-old southpaw will benefit from a change of scenery and help the Brewers to meet a need. Their starters went into the last game of the month of August with an ERA of 5.04 for the month. Only the Padres (5.24) and Reds (5.53) had done worse in August.
Gonzalez, an 11-year veteran, last struck for the Nationals in Philadelphia on Wednesday, scoring six runs in five innings. It was not immediately clear where the Brewers would encircle him.
Granderson scored .245 / .342 / .430 with 11 home runs in 104 games for the Blue Jays this season – his 15th in the majors. While Milwaukee's outfield plays with Ryan Braun Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain the 37-year-old veteran could deliver a veteran bat from the bank as the club seeks his first post-year berth since 2011.
Video: TOR @ KC: Granderson Blasts a Grand Slam in the 4th
Granderson signed a one-year $ 5 million deal with Toronto last winter, becoming a free agent at the end of the season.
"Surprised because you never know what's going to happen," Granderson said. "You hear a lot of rumors and things, and as I said before, there's no need to worry about anything, it just happens, but then, excitedly, get a chance to go to a team that has the opportunity to get into the They played very well on the things I saw, and they did some other moves as well, so excited to join them. "
In their first trade of the day, landed the Brewers Cedeno, 32, who will join the former White Sox Helper Joakim Soria in Milwaukee's Bullpen as the Brewers seek to reinforce an already robust relief corps. His addition could have been something of the load of left-wing deliveries Josh Hader and Dan Jennings who have already combined to throw 128 innings this season.
Video: MIL @ WSH: Brewers acquire Cedeno from White Sox
Expected to be at the Brewers on Saturday when rosters expand, Cedeno is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and has 28 strikeouts recorded in 25 1/3 innings in 2018. He has another year of arbitration, which means that the Brewers could bring him back next season, even though Cedeno has no options left.
"He was a guy we had in mind," said Brewers Assistant GM Matt Arnold. "He has a long track record with left-handers, and especially as the rosters expand, you can really use that kind of pitcher effectively."
In a major league career that includes 234 appearances for four teams, Cedeno has limited left-handers to a .587 OPS.
"The more you look at this rule we're going to play by starting [on Saturday]then everything really changes," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. "We start by discussing it because it changes many of the choices we make and how we make them, and certainly with more players, it will allow you to consider more one-man combinations, and I would do that over a say number of our helpers. "
Video: Craig Counsell on the deal with Xavier Cedeno
The Brewers will pay the $ 2 million left over for Gonzalez's $ 250,000 contract received international slot money for the deal. They traded 22-year-old catcher / first baseman KJ Harrison, a draft pick in the third round in 2017, of the MLB Pipeline's list 29 of Milwaukee's top 30 prospects, plus 20-year-old Infielter Gilbert Lara, a former top Brewers Prospect, who signed for $ 3.2 million in 2014, has a .598 OPS in four minor league seasons.
For Granderson, the Brewers split with 21-year-old outfielder Demi Orimoloye, a fourth round draft in 2015. Over two minor league levels this season, he has beaten .247 / .322 / .391 in 125 games.
The Brewers sent 19-year-old outfielder Bryan Connell and 22-year-old reliever Johan Dominguez to the White Sox in Cedeno. Both played at rookie-level Helena and split this season between several rookie members; Connell hit 239 / .355 / .432 in 155 strokes in total, and Dominguez posed a .82 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 33 innings.
To open a place for Cedeno on her full 40-man roster, the brewers flocked from infielder Nate Orf to Triple-A Colorado Springs
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