Pedro Severino's Suspension Return Leaves Brewers With Tough Decisions
By Larry Rupp
The Milwaukee Brewers are expected to activate catcher Pedro Severino on Sunday as he makes his return from an 80-game suspension. However, depth at the position shapes the move as a much tougher one to make considering both Omar Narvaez and Victor Caratini have played well in 2022.
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Keep in mind Severino was suspended after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. That means he will be ineligible for the postseason under the Joint Drug Agreement. With no minor league options and one year of club control left, the Brewers have to decide if he is worth keeping around.
Meanwhile, Narvaez is set to be a free agent at the end of the season and is making $5 million this summer. He has been a reliable hitter for manager Craig Counsell, slashing .257/.347/.375 across 45 games. The 2021 All-Star also has also been with Milwaukee for each of its last two playoff berths.
When it comes to Caratini, he is the only catcher on the roster with a minor league option. It may look like the obvious route to go, but the 28-year-old has become a favorite of the pitching staff and is only making $2 million this year. Sending him down would erase an opportunity to build chemistry.
MLB insider Ken Rosenthal mentioned that clubs tend to take the path of least resistance in these situations, meaning the Brewers would roster three catchers for now. We'll see if that's the case for a Milwaukee team that has +1800 odds to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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