Last week the Marlins reeled in Derrick Turnbow, and now it appears another former Brewer is about to join Florida on a Minor League deal.
Seth McClung is close to a deal that includes an invitation to Florida’s big league camp. He got some interest from a number of National League teams, most seriously from the Cardinals, Giants and Nationals, but Florida could be a good fit because there is opportunity in the bullpen.
McClung missed a good chunk of the 2009 season with an elbow injury, but he avoided a second Tommy John surgery and returned to action in September. He quietly played a key role down the stretch for the Brewers in 2008, filling-in as both a starter and a reliever as Milwaukee held on for the NL Wild Card.
Financial issues contributed to McClung’s departure. He earned $1.6625 million in 2009 and would have been arbitration-eligible again this winter, so the Brewers nontendered him in December.
Also on Monday, the Brewers announced that right-hander Chris Smith had cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. It’s his second outright assignment, so Smith can refuse and elect free agency if he wishes.
Smith was designated for assignment last week after the Brewers claimed utility man Joe Inglett off waivers. In 35 appearances for the Brewers last season, mostly in mop-up situations, Smith posted a respectable 4.11 ERA.