The Brewers picked up Jeffress' $3.175 million club option Wednesday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. As expected, the Brewers will gladly pick up the right-hander's option for next year after he logged a 1.29 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 15 saves over the course of the regular season. In spite of his postseason struggles, Jeffress was a cornerstone of one of the top bullpens in all of baseball and will likely reprise his role as the team's closer to begin the 2019 campaign.
Jeffress will be ready to go out of the bullpen for Game 1 of the NLDS against Colorado after being unavailable for Monday's game for undisclosed health reasons, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. No further details have surfaced regarding Jeffress's lack of availability during Monday's NL Central tiebreaker in Chicago, though there shouldn't be much concern moving forward. Earlier in the week, manager Craig Counsell and general manager David Stearns also confirmed that Jeffress would be a full participant for the NLDS.
Jeffress wasn't available to pitch in Monday's game against the Cubs due to undisclosed reasons, but he'll be ready to go for divisional series starting Thursday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Jeffress was in uniform and at the game, but he wasn't an option to pitch out of the bullpen in the tiebreaker for the division. Both manager Craig Counsell and general manager David Stearns said Jeffress would be a full participant for the divisional series, so he'll resume his high-leverage relief role at the start of the postseason.
Jeffress struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his 15th save of the season in a 6-5 win over the Tigers. There was likely plenty of adrenaline flowing through Jeffress' veins on the mound for this one, as the victory drew the Brewers level with the Cubs atop the NL Central heading into the regular season's final day. He boasts a 1.29 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 89:27 K:BB through 76.2 innings this season with 15 saves and 18 holds, and the 31-year-old remains firmly locked into Milwaukee's closer role.
Jeffress gave up a hit and struck out two in 1.1 scoreless innings Wednesday to record his 13th save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Cardinals. He fired nine of 11 pitches for strikes, making fairly quick work of the heart of the Cards' order. Jeffress has now converted seven straight save chances, and he'll remain locked into the Brewers' closer role as the team tries to chase down the Cubs for the NL Central pennant.