Boggs stays; now Rivera’s turn to choose

Instead of testing free agency, outfielder Brandon Boggs decided once again to stick with the Brewers.

Boggs accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Nashville on Friday, two days after the Brewers removed him from the 25- and 40-man rosters to make room for infielder Josh Wilson. It was Boggs’ third such outright in the past three months, and all three times he had the right to decline and enter free agency. All three times, he accepted.

If you think about it, it’s probably a good decision. Every time the Brewers have needed an extra outfielder, they’ve called on Boggs. He likely concluded that he had a better chance of seeing the Majors over the final four months of the season with the Brewers than with another club.

(Remember Luis Cruz? He’d be in a Brewers uniform tonight had he not declined his own outright assignment at the end of Spring Training. Instead, he’s having a nice year for Texas’ Triple-A club.)

Catcher Mike Rivera now faces the same decision after he was sent outright to Nashville on Friday. The Brewers needed the roster spot for Nyjer Morgan’s return from the disabled list.

Rivera has been previously outrighted, so like Boggs and Cruz he has the right to decline the assignment. But he’s expected to accept. Players must wait at least 24 hours before formally deciding, and have up to three days.


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