NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Milwaukee Brewers acquired infielder-outfielder Garin Cecchini from the Boston Red Sox for cash as the winter meetings wrapped up on Thursday.
The Red Sox designated Cecchini for assignment on Dec. 4.
Cecchini, 24, spent most of the 2015 season at Class AAA Pawtucket, where he hit .213 with 7 home runs and 28 RBIs in 117 games. A left-handed hitter, he played left field, first base and third base at Pawtucket.
Cecchini also appeared in two games for the Red Sox in 2015. He has hit .229 (8-for-35) with 1 home run and 4 RBIs in 13 career Major League games, including seven starts at third base.
Cecchini was a fourth-round selection by Boston in the 2010 amateur draft.
Over five minor league seasons, Cecchini has a .279 batting average with 28 homers and 231 RBIs in 510 games. He was an All-Star in each of his first three seasons in the minors.
Rule 5 pickups
The Brewers selected four players in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, and did not lose a player in the Rule 5 Draft.
The team provided these details on the players:
Second baseman Colin Walsh was selected in the first round (fifth overall) of the Major League phase off the Class AAA Nashville roster of the Oakland Athletics. Walsh, 26, batted .302 with 39 doubles, 13 HRs, 49 RBIs and 124 walks in 134 games at Class AA Midland in 2015. Walsh, a switch hitter, played at Stanford University and was originally selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2010 First-Year Draft. He signed as a minor-league free agent with Oakland on April 10, 2014.
Right-handed pitcher Zack Jones was selected in the second round of the Major League phase off the Class AAA Rochester roster of the Minnesota Twins. Jones, 25, went 5-4 with a 4.18 ERA in 45 relief appearances between Class A Fort Myers and Class AA Chattanooga this past season. Jones played at San Jose State and was originally drafted by Minnesota in the fourth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Left-handed pitcher Mitch Lambson was selected in the first round of the Class AAA phase off the Class AA Mississippi roster of the Atlanta Braves. Lambson, 25, appeared with four teams between the Houston Astros organization and the Braves organization in 2015. He compiled a 3-2 record with a 2.35 ERA in 40 relief appearances between Class AA Corpus Christi, Class AAA Fresno, Class AAA Gwinnett and Class AA Mississippi in 2015. He was traded from the Astros to the Braves organization on July 6, 2015. In five minor-league seasons, Lambson has a 20-14 record with a 2.72 ERA in 166 relief appearances. He was originally selected by the Astros in the 19th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
Right-handed pitcher Kender Villegas was selected in the second round of the Class AAA phase off the Class AA Springfield roster of the St. Louis Cardinals. Villegas, 22, appeared in 30 games (1 start) and compiled a 3-4 record with a 4.03 ERA across three levels in the Cardinals organization (Class A Palm Beach, Class A Peoria and Class A State College in 2015). He was originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a non-drafted free-agent on May 13, 2010.
The Brewers’ 40-man roster stands at 37 with the addition of Cecchini, Jones and Walsh.
The Star Tribune reported that Jones has an upper-90s fastball but has had trouble corralling his breaking ball.
“Zack was in our organization a long time,” Mike Radcliff, Twins vice president in charge of player personnel, told the paper. “He’s a hard thrower, and those guys get taken.”
Jones and Walsh have to remain on the Brewers’ major league roster the entire 2016 season or be offered back to their former teams for half of the $50,000 drafting fee.
This story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides more information on where the players fit into the Brewers' plans.
Catcher completes trade
The Brewers acquired catcher Manny Piña from Detroit on Thursday as the player to be named in the trade that sent closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Tigers. Piña will be invited to Milwaukee's major league camp this spring.