Milwaukee Brewers Sign Veteran Left-Handed Pitcher

The Milwaukee Brewers dip into the free-agent pool.

The Brewers have signed left-handed pitcher Justin Wilson to a one-year contract worth $1 million, which includes a club option for 2024 worth $2.5 million.

The 35-year-old southpaw is expected to miss a significant portion of the 2023 season due to his recovery from Tommy John surgery he underwent in June 2022.

Brewers general manager Matt Arnold said that Wilson is unlikely to return until around July.

Despite missing most of last season, Wilson brings valuable experience to the Brewers' bullpen. He has made 527 relief appearances in the majors since 2012, and though he only pitched 3.2 innings last year, he has been effective when healthy, posting a 3.74 ERA over the last four years.

Wilson is expected to serve as a middle reliever for the Brewers once he returns to full health, providing decent depth to the bullpen. While his injury history is a concern, his signing is a very low-risk, high-reward opportunity for Milwaukee.

He's entering his 12th major league season. Photo Credit: Kareem Elgazzar via Imagn Content Services, LLC