December 4, 2020

Minor Moves: Deolis Guerra, Josh D. Smith (Baseball Essential)


As October continues, non-roster players have continued to elect free agency, and organizations have begun to trim their 40-man rosters to facilitate offseason acquisitions.

Right-handed pitcher Deolis Guerra elected free agency earlier this month after a strong showing with the Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate. His stay on the market, however, didn’t last long, as the Brewers re-signed him to a one-year, major-league contract for the 2020 season. Guerra will join the Brewers 40-man roster and has the inside track on an opening day bullpen spot, as he doesn’t have any minor-league options remaining.

No financial terms have been announced, but it seems likely that Guerra will earn the pro-rated version of the league minimum. For 2020, the league minimum salary is described in the Collective Bargaining Agreement as “subject to the cost of living increase,” which would place it at roughly $563,880. My projections have him posting a 3.99 ERA over 42 innings with a 7.98 K/9 and a 2.58 BB/9, which, at that salary, would be quite the bargain. The 30-year-old righty would then be under team control via arbitration through the 2023 season.

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