It's been a relatively busy day for the Brewers today. As I'm sure by now you already know they have picked up Yovani Gallardo's 2015 option and declined Rickie Weeks'. In addition to those transactional moves, the Brewers have announced they claimed catcher Juan Centeno from the Mets. Accounting for departing free agents, the 40-man roster now sits at 34.
Juan Centeno was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2007 draft. He's spent his entire career until today with the New York Mets, mostly as a minor leaguer. He received his first call up in 2013, but only appeared in 4 games. This year he appeared in 10 MLB games.
Centeno has never hit very well and even though the bar is set lower for catchers, he's unimpressive nonetheless. His defense may be a different matter though. Apparently he was excellent last year, but less so this year. With Martin Maldonado seemingly firmly entrenched at the back-up catcher position there seems little room for Centeno on the major league roster.
He will be 25 next year
but he has no minor league options remaining. Never mind. I'm wrong about the minor league options (again). According to Jim Goulart he has 2 remaining. I'm sure conversations will be started about trading Maldonado. While that is certainly a possibility I think it's unlikely.
Even if it's just as depth, Centeno seems a fine pick up. It's no/low risk as are all waiver claims. Catcher is probably the weakest position in the Brewers system so any addition is welcome.