Perkins missed the last two weeks of the regular season due to a forearm injury, but said that's no longer a problem. He took two weeks off once the season concluded, and went for a precautionary MRI just to make sure the injury wasn't serious. "I took two weeks off and started doing shoulder stuff as part of the rehab to strengthen it and everything went well," Perkins said. "I started throwing again in mid-December. The way I've been able to ramp up throwing, everything has been good."
The 31-year-old Perkins posted a 3.65 ERA over 61 2/3 innings last season.
The news shouldn't come as a major surprise. Rodriguez has been linked to the club since the team traded Yovani Gallardo, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Brewers owner Mark Attanasio basically confirmed the news, saying agent Scott Boras contacted the team following the Gallardo trade in order to try and convince them to sign some of his players. Attanasio didn't rule out the move, and said general manager Doug Melvin is considering everything. "Frankie [Rodriguez] had an 89 percent save percentage and the guy has never been on the disabled list," he said. "We know he likes Milwaukee."
Rodriguez posted a 3.04 ERA over 68 innings last year.
"I feel great," Thornburg said. "Honestly, the best thing ever was the timing of everything. Right now and I’m very optimistic and if it works out I definitely feel very blessed for not having to go the other route. We had time; that was the biggest thing. We gave it as much time as possible to heal.
"The way we have it scheduled now, I would be ahead of everyone, " he said. "So it’s just in case of a setback, then I would be perfectly on schedule. But what we have planned right now, if I’m not having any setbacks then we can just kind of scale it back a little bit.
Thornburg finished 2014 with a 3-1 record with a 4.25 ERA in 29 2/3 innings.
Henderson was limited to 14 appearances last season. He went 2-1 with a 7.15 ERA.
Boone struggled in 2014 and was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. He produced a 6.84 ERA over 25 innings.
Alburquerque originally filed for $2.05 million in arbitration while Detroit offered $1.375 million, according to Heyman. The team made the deal official Sunday, avoiding arbitration.
The five-year veteran went 3-1 in 2014 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games.
"You have to learn lessons from struggles," Bridich said.
In 2014, Brothers blew all six of his save opportunities and finished the season with a 5.59 ERA. However, Bridich said the 2014 season was not a typical year for Brothers.
"We're close to seeing the real Rex Brothers," Bridich said.
In 2014, Duensing went 3-3 with a 3.31 ERA.
After a strong 2013 campaign, Mazzaro struggled to make it back to the majors in 2014. He registered 2.52 ERA over 50 innings of relief at Triple-A Indianapolis. He posted a 3.48 ERA in just 10 1/3 innings of work with the Pirates last season.