Brewers trade for right-handed reliever

Marinez comes over from Rays in exchange for cash

Brewers trade for right-handed reliever

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers made a late-night trade Thursday, acquiring right-handed reliever Jhan Marinez from the Rays in exchange for cash.

Mariñez, 27, has pitched briefly in the Majors for the Marlins, White Sox and Rays, logging nine innings in all, including three appearances for Tampa Bay this season. His claim to fame is he was once traded for a manager; in 2011, Mariñez was one of two prospects sent to Chicago as compensation for the Marlins hiring Ozzie Guillen.

He first signed with the Rays as a Minor League free agent in December 2014, when current Brewers assistant GM Matt Arnold worked in Tampa Bay's front office.

"He's kind of been around, very good arm," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He'll be strictly a reliever. Good fastball, good slider. Just an arm that we liked."

Mariñez will occupy a revolving-door roster spot most recently held by lefty reliever Michael Kirkman, who was designated for assignment after only one Brewers appearance to clear space for Mariñez. Before that, the spot belonged to another lefty, Sam Freeman.

"I mean, we traded for a player. It's unfortunate [for Kirkman]," Counsell said. "It's nothing that he did. You acquire a player, and that's what happens."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.