The Milwaukee Brewers made two free agent signings during the first full day of Winter Meetings. Wade Miley re-signing was not too shocking because information leaked a few days prior that a deal was in the works. Their second signing, a 30 year old who last appeared in the big leagues in 2021, was more surprising.
Former Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross has signed a major league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Right-handed pitcher Joe Ross has six years of big league experience with all of them coming as a member of the Washington Nationals. He made his MLB debut in 2015, opted out of the 2020 season, and missed all of 2022 after undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career.
In 2023 the sinker ball pitcher threw just 14 innings across three minor league levels as a member of the San Francisco Giants organization. He was on a minor league deal and elected free agency at seasons end. Milwaukee feels good enough about his ability to bounce back that they gave him a major league deal.
Joe Ross, who does not have the ability to be safely shuttled in between the major and minor leagues, will have to earn a role on the 2024 Brewers team. He has traditionally been a starter, but utilizing him in long relief could be an option as well. Throughout his career his ERA sits at 4.26 in 443.1 innings pitched.
Contract wise the details are not yet available, but there is likely very little guaranteed money in this deal. If he works out this would be a good low budget deal by GM Matt Arnold. The alternative, if he doesn’t perform well, is cutting ties with him
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