Milwaukee Brewers rumor: Trade falls through at the last minute

The Milwaukee Brewers were reportedly close to acquiring Mike Minor from the Texas Rangers. However, the deal fell through.

The Milwaukee Brewers were close to making another deal this offseason. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers almost had a deal in place with the Texas Rangers in order to acquire pitcher Mike Minor.

Rosenthal doesn’t make it clear whether there’s still a possibility of a deal happening, but it appears the talks have at least stalled for now. It’s also unknown what prospects or players the Brewers were offering the Rangers in any type of deal.

Minor spent the first five seasons of his MLB career with the Atlanta Braves before pitching for the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers the past two seasons. He signed with the Rangers last winter as a free agent and still has two years and $19 million remaining on his contract (each year is $9.5 million).

The left-handed pitcher could be a middle to back-end option for Milwaukee’s bullpens. He’s been fairly inconsistent throughout his career and has a career ERA of 3.98. In a stellar 2017 campaign with the Royals which saw him mostly used as a bullpen pitcher, he posted an ERA of 2.55. However, the Rangers elected to put him back into a starter’s role and he racked up an ERA of 4.18 last season.

If the Brewers acquired him, they’d be able to have some flexibility regarding whether to send him to the bullpen or allow him to start games for them. A lot of that would likely depend on how Spring Training plays out as Milwaukee has a few players who fit that mold.

The salary is the biggest question mark for the Brewers. Do they really want to take on a  player who’s as inconsistent as Minor for $9.5 million a year? Perhaps, some of that plays into the assets general manager David Stearns would give up as well. Stay tuned to see if this report goes anywhere.