Capuano. Jimenez Sign Minor League Deals

The Brewers announced a pair of signings on Monday, adding veteran pitchers Chris Capuano and Cesar Jimenez on minor league contracts that include an invite to major league spring training, which begins next month in Maryvale, Arizona.

Capuano, a 37-year-old left-hander, spent last season in the New York Yankees organization, making 22 appearances but going 0-4 with a 7.97 earned run average.

Originally drafted by the Arizona DiamondBacks in the 8th round in 1999, Capuano was part of a blockbuster trade in 2003, that sent him to Milwaukee along with five other players, including current Brewers manager Craig Counsell in exchange for Richie Sexson and a pair of minor leaguers.

He was with Milwaukee from 2004-2010, earning a spot on the National League All-Star team as a member of the Brewers in 2006.

Jimenez, a 31-year-old Venezuelan, joined the Brewers last August when they claimed him off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.

He made 16 relief appearances for Milwaukee, striking out 21 batters in 19.2 innings of work and posting a 3.66 ERA.

Jimenez made his major league debut with Seattle in 2006 and has appeared in 97 games over six seasons with the Mariners, Phillies and Brewers.

He was granted free agency following the 2016 season and reports were that he would be pitching in Italy this season, but his signing represents a change of course for the left-handed reliever who will now join the Brewers in Maryvale and compete for a bullpen position with the club.


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