What the hell are the Milwaukee Brewers doing?
First, they surprised many by unloading perennial All-Star closer Josh Hader, seemingly out of nowhere.
Then, on Wednesday, they pulled another stunner by designating right-hander Dinelson Lamet for assignment after acquiring him in the Hader swap.
Lamet, now 30, has seen his once promising career derailed by injuries, so at this point he is little more than a reclamation project. Still, by DFA'ing him, the Brewers' return for one of the best relief pitchers in baseball dwindled by a relatively low-cost lottery ticket.
To be clear, the headliners of the deal from the Brewers' perspective were reliever Taylor Rogers and a pair of intriguing minor leaguers, outfielder Esteury Ruiz and pitcher Robert Gasser. So, cutting Lamet isn't the end of the world.
According to Brewers GM David Stearns, Lamet wasn't a primary target in the trade, but instead was dumped by the Padres owing to luxury tax considerations. Then, Lamet became expendable after Milwaukee acquired reliever Matt Bush from the Texas Rangers in a separate deal.
In any event, the Brewers' prompt dumping of Lamet didn't sit well with fans and baseball observers. Here's what some were saying on social media:
Here's what some were saying on social media: