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MLB Rumors: Brewers first post-Burnes add

The Milwaukee Brewers may take a few steps back in 2024 after trading Corbin Burnes away.

However, they aren't done adding to their club and may in fact be attempting to stay relevant. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Brewers have signed right-hander Jakob Junis (subscription required) to a one-year, $7 million contract.

Rosenthal notes that Junis will have a chance to compete for a starting spot.

Junis obviously will not replace the now departed Burnes, but he could be a viable piece for the Brewers. During his time with the San Francisco Giants, Junis was used as a starter and a reliever, so he could ultimately crack the rotation, or end up as a viable bullpen piece.

The veteran right-hander was primarily used as a reliever in 2023 after working mostly as a starter the previous year. He made only four starts in 2023.

Junis struggled as a reliever, posting a 4.54 ERA over 73.1 innings, with opponents hitting .292 with an .831 OPS against him. He did not allow an earned run in his four starts and 12.2 innings of work, holding his opponents to a .114 average and .352 OPS.