Milwaukee Brewers part ways with 5 players, making them free agents

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Junior Guerra, center right, celebrates with shortstop Orlando Arcia after a 9-2 win over the Reds on Sept. 25 in Cincinnati. Guerra was among 5 Brewers let go by the club who can become free agents. (AP file photo)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers declined to offer contracts to infielder Travis Shaw, right-hander Jimmy Nelson and three others Monday, making them free agents.

Pitchers Alex Claudio and Junior Guerra and infielder Tyler Saladino were also let go as the club has parted with a number of key players.

After catcher Yasmani Grandal left for a $73 million, four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox last month, infielder Mike Moustakas agreed to a $64 million, four-year deal with Cincinnati on Monday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Shaw hit 63 homers over the 2017 and ’18 seasons, but the corner infielder slumped last year. Nelson struggled after missing nearly two years following surgery on his right shoulder.

The Brewers and Ben Gamel agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year deal to avoid arbitration. Shortstop Orlando Arcia also agreed to a $2.2 million, one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

Milwaukee projects to save around $15 million in salary in 2020 by cutting the five players.


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