Brewers don’t intend to negotiate for Figaro
The Brewers announced Wednesday that they had reached a Minor League deal with free agent right-hander Alfredo Figaro, who was set to return to the U.S. after two years pitching in Japan.
One problem: He was not a free agent in the first place.
The Brewers subsequently confirmed through Major League Baseball that Figaro was under reserve by the Orix Buffaloes, a fact Figaro and his agent had overlooked. So the agreement with the Brewers, which included an invitation to Milwaukee’s Major League Spring Training camp, was in limbo.
“I have reached out to the Orix team and advised them that it was not our intent to violate their reservation rights, and if they intend to retain Figaro we will step aside,” Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash said in an email.
The Brewers do not intend to purchase Figaro’s rights from his Japanese club.
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