Diamondbacks Sign RHP Junior Guerra

Junior Guerra with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/Shutterstock (10333852u)

The Arizona Diamondbacks added a veteran reliever to its bullpen on Sunday, agreeing to terms for a contract with right-handed pitcher Junior Guerra.

Guerra, who was transitioned from a starting pitching to a reliever during the 2019 season with the Milwaukee Brewers, has signed a one-year contract that is reportedly worth $2.55 million, including a club option for a second year.

The Venezuela native was non-tendered by the Brewers at the end of this season despite a solid season in which he posted a 3.55 ERA in 72 appearances.

Guerra, who will turn 35 in January, will help to reinforce an Arizona bullpen that was middle of the pack last season. His MLB experience and durable arm will help to provide a reliable piece to a team that will look to compete for the playoffs for the first time since 2017 next season.

$2.55 million for an arm that has compiled a career 3.81 ERA with 383 strikeouts in 147 career appearances could end up being one of the better deals of the offseason if Guerra continues his consistent form while playing for his new NL West club.

Expect him to be one of manager Torey Lovullo’s preferred arms in the bullpen in the upcoming Arizona season.