The tenures of Jordan Zimmerman and Brad Boxberger in Milwaukee ended today. The Brewers released the two pitchers.
Brewers have released non-roster players Jordan Zimmermann and Brad Boxberger. They hope to re-sign them to Minor League deals, David Stearns says.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 26, 2021
As mentioned, David Stearns hopes to re-sign both to minor league contracts, but for now they are both free agents. According to Tom Haudricourt they were unable to come to any initial agreement.
If no other teams step in and offer big-league jobs to Brad Boxberger and/or Jordan Zimmermann, #Brewers probably have decent shot of reaching agreements for them to go to ATS. Going to need as many arms as possible in going from 60 games to 162 games.— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 26, 2021
Milwaukee obviously would like to keep both as depth pieces. Whether either player lands with another club is unknown at this point. David Stearns liked them enough to keep the dialogue open.
Both pitchers failed to pitch very well in Cactus League play. Boxberger struck out a lot of opposing batters (11 K’s in 8 innings), but he also gave up a lot of runs and hits. Opposing hitters hit three homers off of him during that stretch. His track record is decent however, and he did pitch well for the Marlins last season.
Jordan Zimmerman has not been an effective pitcher for some time, and his Cactus League performances did nothing to dispel that assessment. In six innings of Cactus League work, he gave up four runs.