With woot.com having a woot-off day, the Brewers decided to get a Woot off their roster.
According to Tom Haudricourt, the Brewers transferred both Rob Wooten and Travis Webb to minor league camp after today's game with the Angels.
Wooten, the Brewers 2008 13th round draft pick, has had a successful minor league career thus far exclusively as a reliever. He made fourteen appearances in 2008, posting a 1.71 ERA before earning a 2.67 ERA over 53 games in 2009 split almost evenly between High-A and Double-A. Unfortunately, he missed all of 2010 due to Tommy John surgery, but came back to post ERAs of 3.09 and 3.31 in 2011 and 2012 while also reaching Triple-A for the first time last year. There is no doubt that Wooten's pitching has changed since his surgery. Prior to 2010, he was solidly above a 12 K/9. Since his surgery, however, that number has sat in the mid eights.
Wooten has still been effective, however, and may have had a shot at the Brewers opening day roster with a good showing in spring. That didn't happen. Wooten pitched 3.2 innings over five games and allowed three earned runs on four hits and a walk. He will likely be ticketed for Triple-A this season and could end up being a mid-season call-up.
Travis Webb was signed to a minor league deal during the offseason after spending his whole career with the Cincinnati Reds. He was never particularly great in the minors, but is a left hander--something of which the Brewers don't have many. Webb was a starter for much of his career before moving to the bullpen in 2011. He posted a 4.35 ERA that year, then followed that up with a 4.81 ERA.
Webb also had a poor spring showing, giving up four earned runs in three innings. He gave up six hits and three home runs over that time.
These moves leave the Brewers with 38 players remaining in camp.