The Rays have traded utility infielder Mike Brosseau to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Evan Reifert, a high spin rate reliever who signed as an undrafted free agent after the 2020 season.
Mike Brosseau was a postseason hero in the team’s 2020 run to the World Series, hitting a legendary homerun against Aroldis Chapman that will not be forgotten by any living Rays fan.
The homerun alone could have been enough to etch Brosseau in the annals of Rays history, but the added context of Chapman attempting to throw at Brosseau during the regular season, and that moment birthing “The Stable” comment from Kevin Cash, place him in the pantheon of Rays greats.
Mike Brosseau would not factor into the 2021 season, and his trade indicates he was part of the team’s 40-man roster crunch this season. The pitcher returning is an A-ball reliever out of college with the Brewers who qualified for the team’s top prospect list at FanGraphs last year, who clocked his fastball at 98 mph and his slider at an impressive 2,800 rpm.
Here are the details on Evan Reifert, per the team press release:
Reifert, 22, went 3-3 with a 2.10 ERA (60-IP, 14-ER) and 103 SO (15.45 SO/9 IP) in 37 apps, all in relief, between Low-A Carolina and High-A Wisconsin in 2021, his first professional season. He ranked among Brewers minor leaguers in strikeouts (6th) and saves (8, tied for 4th). He was named the Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for August, with a 2.51 ERA (14.1-IP, 4-ER) and 24 SO in 9 apps for Wisconsin. He signed with the Brewers as a non-drafted free agent out of the University of Central Missouri following the 2020 Amateur Draft, which was shortened to five rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to joining Central Missouri, he played two seasons at North Iowa Area Community College and was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 30th round of the 2018 Amateur Draft but did not sign.
The #Rays have acquired 22 year-old RH reliever Evan Reifert. He can touch the upper 90’s and has a wicked breaking ball. His 2021:— Rays Metrics (@RaysMetrics) November 13, 2021
103 Ks (!!), 36 BBs
2.10 ERA, 3.34 FIP
It’s a power stuff/shaky command profile that TB often seeks in pitcherspic.twitter.com/R6EOZyKg8l
The #Rays pull yet another lopsided trade landing RHP Evan Reifert from the #Brewers in exchange for INF Mike Brosseau. Erik Neander GM #Rays continues his domination. #Impressive #IDon’tGetHowHeKeepsDoingIT Reifert 60 IP 36 H 103 K’s …when command and control arrive watch out— Jim Bowden⚾️ (@JimBowdenGM) November 13, 2021
These two teams are just so well run, and this trade is a great small move for everybody involved— Darby Robinson (@darby_robinson) November 14, 2021
Brewers get a versatile platoon option
Brosseau gets a clearer path to earned major league playing time
Rays get a very interesting relief prospect, and alleviate some roster crunch
Just one of the countless memories I’ll forever be grateful for with @RaysBaseball Thank you for giving me the opportunity to chase my childhood dream. All of my coaches, teammates, staff, trainers and fans…THANK YOU!! Can’t wait to join the Brew Crew! https://t.co/TyXR2m21e6— Mike Brosseau (@mikebrosseau10) November 13, 2021