Livan Hernandez and Yorvit Torrealba are now free agents after refusing outright assignments to the minors, the Brewers announced around noon Wednesday. In an unrelated move, reliever Jesus Sanchez was added to the 40-man roster.
Hernandez appeared in 26 games this season for the Brewers — his 9th major league team — after being designated for assignment by Atlanta in June. By just about any measure, he was bad — 7.68 ERA, 5.82 FIP, 22.7% HR/FB rate, -0.5 WAR and -0.56 WPA in 36.1 innings of mostly mop-up duty. 11 of the 31 ER Hernandez allowed as a Brewer were allowed in his final 1.1 innings of work.
Torrealba was acquired in a cash trade in late September with just 13 games left on the Brewers’ schedule. He appeared in 5 of those final 13 games, going hitless in 6 plate appearances.
Sanchez put up a combined 1.63 ERA in 52 games for Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville this year. The 25-year-old right-hander is a converted pitcher after starting his career as a catching prospect in the Yankees and Phillies systems.