The Brewers filled their 40-man roster on Wednesday by claiming three players off waivers. Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was claimed from the New York Mets, catcher Josmil Pinto from the San Diego Padres and first baseman Andy Wilkins from the Texas Rangers.
Nieuwenhuis, a 28-year-old outfielder was a third round draft choice of the Mets in 2008. He made his major league debut in 2012 and appeared in 693 big league games over the past four seasons, hitting a combined .232 with 17 home runs.
Pinto, a 26-year-old catcher out of Venezuela, appeared in 78 games between 2013 and 2014 with the Twins, hitting .257 with 11 home runs and 30 runs batted in. He spent the majority of 2015 with Minnesota’s Triple-A team in Rochester.
Wilkins, a left-handed hitting first baseman, turned 27 last September. A former 5th round pick of the Chicago White Sox, Wilkins has spent time in the White Sox, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Orioles, Mariners and Rangers organizations, playing in 17 major league games with Chicago in 2014.
The Brewers also made some moves on the minor league side, officially announcing the retirements of outfielder Michael Ratterree, pitcher Tanner Poppe and first baseman Steven Karkenny.
The team also announced the release of thirteen players including pitchers Bubba Blau, Zach Cooper, Luke Curtis, Jose Flores, JB Kole, Scott Lieser, Tyler Linehan, Trevor Lubking and Caleb Smith, outfielders Ariel Estades and Mitch Meyer, infielder Steven Halcomb and catcher Paul Eshleman.