The Brewers welcomed a familiar face back into the fold on Monday, when they acquired relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress in a trade with the Texas Rangers. Biloxi relief pitcher Tayler Scott was send to the Rangers in exchange for the former Brewers closer.
Originally drafted by Milwaukee in the first round in 2006 out of high school, Jeffress made his MLB debut with the Brewers in 2010, before being traded to the Kansas City Royals as part of a deal that brought Zach Grienke to Milwaukee. After spending time with the Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays, Jeffress re-signed with the Brewers in 2014 after being outrighted by the Blue Jays.
In his second stint with the Brewers, Jeffress revived his career, turning into a valuable late-inning option out of their bullpen. He took over as the team’s closer in 2016 and converted 27 saves before again being traded, this time to the Texas Rangers, along with catcher Jonathan Lucroy, in exchange for outfielders Lewis Brinson and Ryan Cordell, and pitcher Luis Ortiz.
Jeffress had his share of struggles with the Rangers and was 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA in 39 relief appearances this season, but hopes are that a reunion with the organization where he had his most success, will result in another turnaround for the hard-throwing right-hander.
Scott, 25, signed with Milwaukee in 2016 after a stint in the Independent Leagues, and has spent the past two seasons at AA Biloxi. In 42 games for the Shuckers this season, Scott had a record of 4-6 with a 2.34 ERA and a pair of saves.
To make room for Jeffress on the 40-man and 25-man rosters, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who joined the Brewers from Colorado Spring on Saturday, was designated for assignment.