The Brewers announced a couple of roster moves following their win over Cincinnati on Thursday, acquiring pitcher Oliver Drake from the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash and designating right-handed reliever David Goforth for assignment to free up a spot on their 40-man roster. They also announced a second trade with Baltimore, sending reliever Damien Magnifico, who was designated for assignment on Sunday, to the Orioles in exchange for International Signing Bonus Slot #15, reported to be worth $885,300 per Ben Badler of Baseball America.
Drake, 30, made his big league debut with Baltimore in 2015 and appeared in 30 games with the Orioles over the past three seasons, going 1-0 with a 3.89 earned run average. He struggled in three relief outings this season, posting an ERA of 8.10 and allowing opposing hitters to bat an even .400 before being designated for assignment. He should join the Brewers in Cincinnati to add additional help in their bullpen.
Goforth, 28, spent parts of each of the last two seasons with the Brewers, appearing in 30 games, but was outrighted off the 40-man roster in December. He attended spring training with the Brewers as a non-roster invitee and opened the season in Triple-A, where he made one relief appearance, tossing two scoreless innings before being called up to Milwaukee on Sunday. He made one relief appearance with the Brewers, tossing a scoreless inning of relief against the Cubs on Sunday but did not appear in any of Milwaukee’s three following games before being DFA’d.
Magnifico, 25, is a hard-throwing right-hander who made his big league debut with the Brewers last season. He had been pitching at Colorado Springs, and was once highly thought of as a late inning relief option due to a fastball that sits in the high-90’s, though he struggled to throw strikes at times. Milwaukee designated him for assignment when they called up Goforth and rather than risk losing him with nothing in return, they were able to flip him to Baltimore where he could benefit from a change of scenery.