Francisco Rodriguez was the Brewers closer in 2015, but with the team rebuilding and Rodriguez growing old, the Brewers traded him to Detroit in-exchange for Javier Betancourt, leaving a void in the Brewers bullpen.
The Brewers have plenty of options on where they can turn for their 2016 closer. They’re bullpen is already pretty good that features left-handed pitcher Will Smith, Corey Knebel, and of course Jeremy Jeffress.
Jefress was once a 1st round pick by the Brewers, but he was traded to the Royals in the Zack Greinke trade that brought Greinke to Milwaukee after off the field troubles. Jefress eventually found his way back to Milwaukee, and he wants to hold the most important spot in the bullpen:
“In my heart yes I do,” Jefress said when asked if he wants to be the Brewers closer in 2016 in a recent interview. “I want it so badly I can’t stress how badly I want to do it.”
Jefress was used frequently by Brewers manager Craig Counsell last season. He appeared in 72 games last season, posting a 2.65 earned run average and a 5-0 win loss record with 67 strikeouts over 68 innings of work.
Jefress’ lone MLB save came back with the Royals in 2011. But if Jefress’ 2015 season is any indication, he’s more than ready to be Milwaukee’s closer.
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