Milwaukee Brewers sign Paolo Espino to minor league deal


Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers announced via Twitter that they have reunited with a familiar face and veteran right-hander. Paolo Espino, who made his MLB debut with Milwaukee last season after 11 seasons in the minors, has rejoined the organization on a minor league deal. The former 2006 10th-round pick of the Indians signed with the Brewers on a minor league pact prior to 2017, and wound up making six appearances (two starts) in the big leagues with Milwaukee before getting traded to Texas in August for cash considerations. He spent 59 days in the majors last season, enough to earn his MLB pension, but posted a 6.00 ERA across 24.0 innings between the two stops. Texas outrighted Espino after the conclusion of last season but re-signed him to a minor league contract. After allowing 10 earned runs in his first 6.0 innings in AAA this season, though, the Rangers released the 31 year old. Now that he's hooked on with Milwaukee, Espino seems likely to head to AAA Colorado Springs to serve as upper level pitching depth. He posted a 4.52 ERA in 75.2 innings for the Sky Sox last season. (Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs)