Brewers Release Claudio Vargas

In a bit of a gamble and a big surprise, the Milwaukee Brewers released Claudio Vargas on Tuesday.

After unsuccessfully trying to trade him, the veteran right-hander will be on release waivers for two more days -- leaving any team the option of claiming him for $1 with the responsibility of paying his $3.6 million salary -- before he becomes a free agent.

This move pretty much sets the rotation for the regular season behind Opening Day starter Ben Sheets as Jeff Suppan, Dave Bush, Carlos Villanueva and Manny Parra, respectively.

With lefty Chris Capuano most likely out for the season and facing Tommy John surgery to repair his torn elbow ligament, the top two candidates for a rotation replacement are minor leaguers Chris Narveson and Zach Jackson.

Vargas was 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA this Spring. Last season, he went 11-9 with a 5.09 ERA, missing some time due to a back injury.

[Brew Crew Ball]


Anonymous said...

you forgot about Gallardo, who should be back by the end of April. That (thankfully) knocks Narveson and Jackson down the pecking order.

dbacksbuzz said...

Vargas is a solid pitcher who will get picked up quickly...seems the Mets have already expressed interest.

Sooze said...

Oh my goodness, I did forget to mention Gallardo! It seriously blows my mind that they released Vargas, though. Hopefully this won't be a shot in the foot for Milwaukee by midseason. It's not like he's an awesome pitcher, but he did knock out 11 W's last season, and that's decent for a No. 5 guy, imo.

Unsilent Majority said...

Is Gallardo going to be part of the initial rotation or will he miss his first start?

Sooze said...

According to the most recent news on him (from yesterday) he could return by mid-April.

Andrew said...

Gallardo's gonna miss a week or two.

And as for the Brewers shooting themselves in the foot, it's not like Ben Sheets couldn't have a the dugout based on him getting a series of Outlandish injuries. And also Manny Parra has only thrown over 100 IP twice in his career as a starter.

This is going to lead to Chris Narveson seeing plenty of time in the Brewers rotation.


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