The Milwaukee Brewers released former All-Star pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Brad Boxberger on Friday.
Both players were signed to minor-league contracts in the offseason.
Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said the team is hopeful of re-signing the pair to minor-league deals and sending them to the club’s alternate site in Appleton, Wis.
“I think both of them have positive experiences here in camp,” Stearns told reporters on Friday. “I think both of them feel good about the organization. I’m hopeful. But we’ll leave it at that.”
The right-handed Zimmerman was an All-Star with the Washington Nationals in 2013 and 2014 when he went a combined 33-14 over the two seasons. He tied for the National League lead in victories with 19 in 2013.
Zimmerman departed as a free agent following the 2015 season and signed a five-year, $110 million deal with the Detroit Tigers but was unable to continue his success. He bottomed out by going 1-13 with a 6.91 ERA in 2019 and pitched just 5 2/3 innings last season.
The 34-year-old Zimmerman is 95-91 with a 4.06 ERA in 277 career appearances (275 starts) over 12 big league seasons with the Nationals and Tigers.
Boxberger, 32, was an All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015 when he led the American League with 41 saves. He also had 32 saves for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018.
Boxberger went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 23 outings for the Miami Marlins last season.
Overall, the right-hander has 77 career saves in 343 appearances. He is 22-30 with a 3.56 ERA in nine seasons with the San Diego Padres (2012-13), Rays (2014-17), Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals (2019) and Marlins.
Milwaukee also named Freddy Peralta as the club’s No. 5 starter, which means fellow right-hander Josh Lindblom will open the campaign as a reliever.
The Brewers’ rotation consists of right-handers Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, Adrian Houser, left-hander Brett Anderson and Peralta.
Milwaukee opens the season at home on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins.
–Field Level Media