Brewers Acquire Nick Green, DFA Luis Pena

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2009

Via MLB Trade Rumors

According to MLB.com’s Lyle Spencer, the Angels removed pitcher Nick Green from the 40-man roster to make room for Bobby Abreu and Green was “promptly snapped up from waivers by the Brewers.”  The Brewers designated reliever Luis Pena for assignment to make room, says MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy.

Green, 24, posted a 5.32 ERA in 159 Triple A innings last year.  He had issues with hits and home runs allowed.  In their ‘09 Handbook, Baseball America said Green has a strong changeup but “lacks a swing-and-miss pitch” and “projects as a #4 starter at best.”

Snapping up Green seems to further address Milwaukee’s shortage of Triple-A arms. His 2008 numbers show he has some work to do before landing with the parent club, but he could spell an emergency spot starter or long man if absolutely necessary.

Pena, a 26-year-old RHP, is entering his ninth minor league season. He was a Triple-A all-star last season, but his numbers dwindled in the second half. He has 10 days to clear waivers - which he likely won’t. Hopefully another team agrees and offers at least low-level prospect to get him.

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