By Kent Berkley
The Milwaukee Brewers signed a familiar foe to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to big league camp. J.J. Hoover was signed to provide insurance to the bullpen and is likely to make the team as a middle innings bullpen option if he shows himself to be fully healthy. Hoover became a free agent when he was non-tendered by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Dec. 1. If he makes the team, Milwaukee will have up to two seasons of control before Hoover hits free agency.
The Brewers are very familiar with Hoover’s abilities from his time as a divisional foe when he pitched for the Reds from 2012-2016. The Hoover acquisition follows the Brewer’s trend of finding reclamation projects who are above average strikeout pitchers. Hoover fanned 11.8 batters per nine innings last season.