Jimenez was released by the Brewers on Tuesday.
Jimenez, who was contemplating leaving the majors for Italian baseball, didn't make a single appearance for the Brewers this spring. He most recently pitched in the big leagues in 2015, when he posted a 3.13 ERA with 25 strikeouts across 23.0 innings. If a team opts to pick him up, he'll likely serve as organizational depth.
Jimenez signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.
It appeared that Jimenez was planning to leave the majors for a chance to play a more prominent role in an Italian baseball league, but he now has the choice to stick with the Brewers and possibly make the major league roster. He spent much of 2015 splitting time between the Phillies and their Triple-A affiliate, but he posted a 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 9.6 K/9 after being claimed off waivers by the Brewers. Seeing as the Brewers currently have one left-hander manning their bullpen, Jimenez has a good shot at making a contribution for the Brewers if he decides to stay in the states.
Jimenez has signed a deal to play in Italy for the 2016 season, Brewerfan.net's Jim Goulart reports.
He was set to start the year in the minor leagues for the Brewers, so he is no doubt in line to make more money playing in Italy next year.
The Brewers have claimed reliever Cesar Jimenez off waivers from Philadelphia, per CSNPhilly.com.
The 30-year-old Jimenez, who was designated for assignment Thursday, pitched 3 1/3 shutout innings for the Phillies this season after longer stints with Seattle and Philadelphia in previous years.
The Phillies have announced that they have designated left-hander Cesar Jimenez for assignment just eight days after his promotion.
Jimenez didn't exactly get much of a shot. He pitched just one-third of a shutout inning during his most recent stay.
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