The Milwaukee Brewers acquired a slew of new relievers during the offseason. Already we have seen them part ways with Javy Guerra while also temporarily utilizing pitchers with minor league options remaining in Jake Cousins, Bennett Sousa, Janson Junk, and Alex Claudio.
Currently in the bullpen the Brewers have had players such as Peter Strzelecki and Joel Payamps carve out significant roles. Bryse Wilson, Hoby Milner, and Elvis Peguero have also had big moments, but it’s likely that throughout the course of the season additional pitchers will be called upon.
One person they could consider targeting is someone they are familiar with due to his previous tenure with the Chicago Cubs from 2020-20221. That pitcher is Ryan Tepera. He was recently made available as the Los Angeles Angels designated him for assignment.
Should the Milwaukee Brewers pursue recently DFA’d reliever Ryan Tepera?
Prior to the start of the 2022 season the Los Angeles Angels signed Ryan Tepera to a two year $14 million contract. During his first year he pitched to a 3.61 ERA while recording six saves. To begin the 2023 season he has surrendered seven earned runs in 8.2 innings pitched.
With being DFA’d it’s likely that he clears waivers. This would leave the Angels on the hook for the remainder of his salary. After this he can sign with any team with the new organization being responsible for paying him the pro-rated big league minimum.
Ryan Tapera does have a track record of having a good amount of success as a high leverage reliever. This makes him an intriguing target for the Brewers to consider. A change of scenery could be just what he needs to get back on track, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up.
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