Friday, December 3, 2010

Brewers Send Villanueva to Toronto

The Brewers traded right-handed reliever Carlos Villanueva to the Blue Jays on Friday for a player to be named later. 

Villanueva, 27, saw his productivity drop severely in 2010, eventually landing him in Triple-A Nashville.  He posted a 4.61 ERA in 50 appearances.  The Brewers tendered him a contract on Thursday instead of releasing him to the free agent market, perhaps with the trade to Toronto in mind.

Minus Villanueva, the Brewers' 40-man roster now sits at 35.

Again, like I said yesterday, when you non-tender Coffey, you make it pretty apparent that your team is heading for a cheaper alternative.  The same goes for Villanueva, minus the non-tendered part.  Villanueva only made $950,000 in 2010, but when you line it up against the $400,000 league minimum and put Villanueva up against names like Axford, Rogers, Jeffress, Braddock, Kintzler, and McClendon, it starts to make sense. 

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