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Brewers claim Cesar Jimenez off waivers from the Phillies; Neal Cotts claimed by an unknown team

The Brewers made a roster claim this afternoon, claiming Cesar Jimenez from the Phillies. In addition, Neal Cotts has been claimed by an unknown team, and a trade may be in the works.

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The Brewers made a waiver claim today, acquiring Cesar Jimenez off of waivers from the Phillies. Jimenez had been designated for assignment yesterday by Philadelphia, and the Brewers decided to put a waiver claim in. Based on the Brewers record, we can only say for sure that the Rockies and Marlins passed on him.

Jimenez has only pitched 3 1/3 innings so far this year, allowing no runs and one hit on four strikeouts. Over his career, Jimenez has a 4.15 ERA and 4.32 FIP, with a 6.3 K/9 and a 3.9 BB/9. Jimenez is 30 years old and made his MLB debut in 2006 with the Mariners, but only spent portions of the 2006, 2008, and 2011 seasons with the team. He has bounced back and forth between the majors and minors with the Phillies the last three years.

A corresponding roster move has not been announced yet, but it is possible that one is in the works. It was also reported this morning that reliever Neal Cotts has been claimed off revocable waivers by an unknown team. Since these are revocable waivers, it's possible that nothing comes of this and Cotts is pulled back. However, if a trade was made (assuming it's not for an MLB player), trading Cotts would open up a roster spot. If Cotts is not traded, the roster move would probably involve sending Tyler Thornburg or David Goforth back down to Triple-A Colorado Springs. It looks like the Brewers cannot send Jimenez to Colorado Springs as he is out of minor-league options.

We will monitor the situation with Cotts and post an update if anything happens with his claim. Since the Brewers need to resolve the roster status before tonight's game, we should have an update before then.