The Milwaukee Brewers acquired Stephen Vogt off waivers from Oakland on June 25 in hopes the catcher will return to the form which led him being named to the All-Star Game in 2015 and '16, hitting 32 home runs with a 5.4 WAR over that two-year span. This isn't the first reclamation project for the Brewers, many of which the team has struck gold. Here's the 10 best waiver claims in team history. (Note: Transactions and statistics gathered from baseball-reference.com)
Almost made the list
Jesus Aguilar from Cleveland, Feb. 2, 2017: Aguilar earned his way onto the Brewers roster this season after a solid spring training and has put up a .286/.355/.529 slash line with a 1.0 WAR.
Alex Sanchez from Tampa Bay, April 6, 2001: A fifth-round pick by Tampa Bay, Sanchez never played for the then-named Devil Rays. In 2002, he hit .289 with 37 steals for Milwaukee before being dealt in 2003 to Detroit.
Derrick Turnbow from Anaheim, Oct. 14, 2004: The hard-throwing righty was stellar in his first season with the Brewers in 2005, posting 1.74 ERA, 1.084 WHIP and 39 saves. But his numbers ballooned after that and he was done by 2008.
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Todd Coffey from Cincinnati, Sept. 10, 2008
Arriving late in 2008, Coffey pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings -- and allowed just one of seven inherited runners to score -- in September during the Brewers' playoff drive. He followed that up in 2009 by pitching in 78 games with a 2.90 ERA and 1.159 WHIP while entertaining crowds with his sprint in from the bullpen. He finished up in 2010 with Milwaukee before signing with Washington as a free agent. Final Brewers WAR: 1.1.
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George Kottaras from Boston, Nov. 18, 2009
Never a regular in his career, Kottaras had a career-high 250 plate appearances with Milwaukee in 2010. A left-handed hitter known more for offense than defense, Kottaras socked 17 home runs in 409 at-bats over three years with the Brewers. In 2011, he batted .252 with a .459 slugging percentage. In 2012, Kottaras was dealt before the trading deadline to Oakland as Martin Maldonado took over as Jonathan Lucroy's backup. Final Brewers WAR: 1.8.
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Casey McGehee from Chicago Cubs, Oct. 29, 2008
McGehee became a quick fan favorite in 2009, his first year in Milwaukee, as he batted .301 with 16 home runs and finished fifth in the National League rookie of the year voting. He followed that up in 2010 by hitting .285 with 23 homers and 104 RBI. However, he dipped to .223 with 13 homers in 2011 and was relegated to the bench in the postseason as Jerry Hairston took over at third base. McGehee was traded to Pittsburgh that offseason. Final Brewers WAR: 2.0.
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Ollie Brown from Oakland, June 29, 1972
Brown had enjoyed several good years with San Diego before being dealt to Oakland early in 1972. Still only 28, the young Milwaukee franchise took a chance he'd turn things around. Brown hit .279 in 66 games with the Brewers in '72 then became the first designated hitter in team history in 1973, finishing with a .280 batting average and career-high (at the time) .355 on-base percentage. His OPS+ of 114 that year would be the third-highest of his career. He was traded after the season in a multi-player deal to the Angels. Final Brewers WAR: 2.8.
Marco Estrada from Washington, Feb. 3, 2010
Estrada had a 7.20 ERA over 20 innings with the Nationals and immediately turned things around in Milwaukee. Used mostly in relief in 2011, he had a 4.08 ERA and 1.209 WHIP. Moved to the rotation, Estrada was 12-11 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.111 WHIP and 8.8 K/9 in 2012-13, although he had issues staying healthy. After alternating between the rotation and bullpen in 2014, with a 4.36 ERA, 1.201 WHIP and a league-high 29 homers allowed, Estrada was traded to Toronto. Final Brewers WAR: 3.4.
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Hernan Perez from Detroit, June 2, 2015
Maybe this one should come with an asterisk as Perez was re-signed by the Brewers as a free agent in the 2015 offseason, but, hey, they probably had an advantage having him in their organization. After underwhelming with Detroit (.160 BA in 113 PA) over parts of four years, the Brewers gave him a shot and he batted .270 in 90 games in 2015. In 2016, Perez broke out -- hitting .272 with 13 homers and 34 steals. He's developed into Milwaukee's super-utility player, having played everywhere but pitcher and catcher for the team. Brewers WAR (through June 27): 3.5.
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Scott Podsednik from Seattle, Oct. 11, 2002
Podsednik played only two years in Milwaukee but made quite the impression, especially on the basepaths. In 2003, he set career highs with a .314 batting average, .379 on-base percentage and .443 slugging percentage while hitting nine homers, stealing 43 bases and scoring 100 runs. He followed that up in 2004 with a franchise-record 70 steals and a career-high 12 homers. Alas, he was used as the major chip in a trade with the White Sox in which the Brewers landed Carlos Lee in December 2004. Final Brewers WAR: 4.1.
Junior Guerra from Chicago White Sox, Oct. 7, 2015
A complete revelation in 2016, coming out of nowhere to become Milwaukee's ace, Guerra was 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA and 1.126 WHIP. He hasn't been able to match last year's production in 2017 -- he's sporting a 4.54 ERA -- but that doesn’t mean Guerra hasn't had his moments. In six starts from May 26-June 21, he had a 2.86 ERA and .220 opponent batting average. Brewers WAR (through June 27): 4.3.
David Weathers from Cincinnati, June 24, 1998
Another asterisk, perhaps, as Weathers became a free agent before the 1999 season and re-signed with the Brewers, where he had posted a 3.21 ERA and 1.217 WHIP in 47 2/3 innings after arriving in 1998. Weathers would be a valuable innings-eater in Milwaukee and had a solid 3.07 ERA in 2000 and had a 2.03 ERA and 1.075 WHIP in '01 before being dealt to the Cubs before the trading deadline. Weathers would wind up his career with Milwaukee in 2009. Final Brewers WAR (1998-2001): 4.6.
Brady Clark from New York Mets, Jan. 21, 2003
Clark didn't get much of an opportunity with Cincinnati and the Mets but at age 30 became a regular with Milwaukee. In four years with the Brewers, Clark had a slash line of .284/.361/.393. Clark had a career year in 2005, batting .306/.372/.426 with 94 runs and 13 home runs in 674 plate appearances. Clark would be dealt to the Dodgers right before the start of the 2007 season. Final Brewers WAR: 5.4.