Kohlscheen signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on Tuesday that includes an invitation to major league spring training. Kohlscheen spent the 2016 season with the Brewers' Double-A affiliate in Biloxi, but the right-hander impressed the entire season, sporting a 2.54 ERA and 12.26 K/9 in 50 appearances out of the Shuckers bullpen. He'll try to latch onto the major league club's Opening Day roster, but spending more time at the Triple-A level is a very likely outcome for the 28-year-old.
The Padres acquired outfielder Abraham Almonte and pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen from the Mariners in exchange for outfielder Chris Denorfia, according to MLB.com. Almonte, who began the season as the Mariners' starting center fielder, is batting .267 with six home runs, 10 doubles, 31 RBI and seven stolen bases in 72 games since his early May demotion to Triple-A Tacoma. Kohlscheen is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 38 relief appearances between Double-A Jackson and Tacoma. He also has six saves and has 55 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings.
The Mariners promoted first baseman Ji-Man Choi and right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen to Triple-A Tacoma from Double-A Jackson, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.Choi served a 50-game suspension after testing positive for methandienone, a performance-enhancing substance. He was activated Monday. Kohlscheen posted a 2.25 ERA in 32 innings of relief this season at Double-A.