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Brewers sign Jim Hoey to minor league contract

Dec 22, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

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From’s Adam McCalvy comes word that the Brewers have signed free agent reliever Jim Hoey to a minor league contract. The deal does not include an invitation to spring training, so Hoey won’t be up for a spot on Milwaukee’s Opening Day roster.

The 29-year-old New Jersey native posted an ugly 4.60 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 45/42 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings this past season at Triple-A Las Vegas — an affiliate of the Blue Jays. He did not get a call-up.

Hoey has made 61 appearances in the majors to the tune of a 7.02 career ERA and 1.85 career WHIP.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Las Vegas is a hitters paradise, so that ERA last season was inflated.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    This move could get the Brewers over the hump finally.

  3. missthemexpos - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    If a 4.60 ERA, 1.67 WHIP in the minors last year was ugly, what the hell do you call a career 7.02 ERA, 1.85 WHIP in the majors?

  4. fellspointbird - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Was he involved in the Hardy to Baltimore trade? Because holy crap, did that work out for the Orioles.

  5. rgledz - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Yes he was involved in the JJ Hardy trade. That was one of the many brilliant moves put forth by Bill Smith the franchise killer.

  6. fightinphils8008 - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Great upside. Ignore the numbers because the potential is there. Good guy, he deserves a shot.

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