With a deadline of 7 p.m. Tuesday to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, the Milwaukee Brewers did just that with nine players while signing two others and letting a pair go.
First baseman Rowdy Tellez, who was acquired at the trade deadline from Toronto, avoided arbitration and signed a one-year contract. In 56 games with the Brewers in 2021, Tellez slashed .272/.333/.481 with seven home runs in 174 plate appearances.
Also signed to a one-year contract was right-handed pitcher Jandel Gustave. He appeared in 14 games for Milwaukee last year, recording a 3.44 ERA and 1.091 WHIP in 18 1/3 innings.
Bringing back Tellez, a left-handed hitter, made another southpaw first baseman expendable. Milwaukee non-tendered Daniel Vogelbach as well as right-handed reliever John Curtiss. Both players are now free agents.
Vogelbach, who was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays in 2020, batted .219/.349/.381 with nine home runs last season, including a walk-off grand slam against St. Louis in September which was one of the more memorable – if not the most – moments of the Brewers’ season.
Curtiss was acquired at the trade deadline from Miami for minor-league catcher Payton Henry, but appeared in just six games – allowing eight runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings -- before tearing his UCL and eventually undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Those tendered contracts by Milwaukee were pitchers Corbin Burnes, Josh Hader, Adrian Houser, Eric Lauer, Brent Suter and Brandon Woodruff, catcher Omar Narvaez and infielders Willy Adames and Luis Urias.