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Milwaukee Brewers make latest round of Spring Training roster cuts

Three players on the 40-man roster were optioned to Triple-A.

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Opening Day is now less than two weeks away and the Milwaukee Brewers continue to pare down the group competing for roster spots to begin the season. Today the club optioned another three players down to Triple-A Nashville:

Luke Maile, 30, was signed to a split contract to effectively serve as the shuttle catcher for the Brewers this season. He has played in parts of 5 MLB seasons and posted a 95 wRC+ and 2.1 fWAR in 231 plate appearances for the Blue Jays in 2018, his best big league season to date. He did not appear at the game’s highest level in 2020. Maile’s minor league option means he’s likely to be called upon in the event of an injury to Manny Pina or Omar Narvaez, but otherwise will bide his time in Triple-A. He has recorded one hit — a home run — in 9 Cactus League at-bats.

Perdomo, 26, originally joined the Brewers on a minor league deal in 2019 after eight seasons in the Blue Jays’ system. He made his big league debut last summer and saw action in three games, getting tagged for 6 earned runs in 2.2 innings pitched. The lanky lefty has shown the potential for a devastating fastball/slider combination when his control is on, though, and he’s thrown 4.0 scoreless innings this spring with 5 strikeouts and three walks.

Lauer, 25, was part of the return from San Diego in the Trent Grisham/Zach Davies swap that now looks heavily tilted in the Padres favor. After two solid years as a back-end starter to begin his big league career, Lauer apparently dealt with a somewhat significant shoulder injury last season while allowing 16 earned runs in 11.0 innings last season. His velocity is down and he’s been non-competitive this spring, coughing up eight runs while walking seven batters across 5.0 innings pitched.

Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs