Brewers swap bullpen arms

The Brewers added one new arm to the bullpen competition Tuesday and subtracted another when the team claimed right-hander Wes Littleton off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.

To make room for Littleton, a 26-year-old who has made 68 career relief appearances for the Texas Rangers, the Brewers designated Rule 5 pick Eduardo Morlan for assignment. Morlan, 23, posted a 6.43 ERA in five Cactus League appearances and it had become clear to club officials that he was not going to win a spot on the Opening Day roster.

The side-arming Littleton has been awful in Spring Training games, allowing 11 earned runs and eight hits, including three home runs, in just 5 1/3 innings over six appearances. The Red Sox acquired him from the Rangers in an offseason trade.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t have the faintest idea what happens next for Morlan. There has been some talk about the Brewers working out a trade with Tampa Bay that would allow them to stash him in the Minors this season, but I need to check with GM Doug Melvin about the procedure for a Rule 5 pick who is designated for assignment.  

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