Brewers Rebuilding Bullpen, Torres Unhappy

Salomon TorresSince losing Francisco Cordero to the Cincinnati Reds and Scott Linebrink to the Chicago White Sox by way of free agency, the Milwaukee Brewers have added a couple more bricks in the rebuilding of their bullpen.

The club has dealt pitching prospects Marino Salas and Kevin Roberts for former Pittsburgh Pirates closer Salomon Torres, the big leagues' most-used reliever in 2006. Last season, however, Torres suffered recurring pitching elbow problems and was limited to 56 appearances with a 2-4 record and 5.47 ERA, essentially losing his closer job.

The righty went 1-3 with a 3.24 ERA and four saves in 34 career games against his old division-rival Brew Crew. Torres is apparently unhappy with the trade though, and is actually considering retirement rather than playing in Milwaukee. According to Rotoworld, Torres is worried about leaving his family in Pitt, even though he asked to be traded last season.

This move comes just three days after Milwaukee signed right-handed reliever David Riske to a three-year deal worth at least $13 million. Riske, who may replace Cordero if setup man Derrick Turnbow doesn't win back the job, went 1-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 65 games with the Kansas City Royals last season.

EricThe latest addition to the Milwaukee 'pen is one of last season's biggest disappointments, veteran reliever Eric Gagne. The two sides have reportedly agreed in principle to a one-year contract, which could be worth up to $10 million. The exact terms are undisclosed at this time.

After two injury-ridden seasons, Gagne had a 2.16 ERA and 16 saves for the Texas Rangers before being traded to the Boston Red Sox at the deadline.

Though he claimed to be in perfect health, Gagne's ERA ballooned to 6.75 over the next two months, among boos and confusion created by his loss of command and rising number of blown saves. That noise you just heard was the collective exhale out of Beantown.

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One More Dying Quail said...

Salomon Torres appeared in 94 games in 2006? And 84 and 78 the two years before that? Where the hell have I been that I missed a guy I last remember seeing in the early nineties turn into Kent Tekulve?