Keston Hiura remains with the Brewers after clearing waivers

Keston Hiura cleared waivers and was designated for assignment at Triple-A Nashville by the Brewers.
Keston Hiura cleared waivers and was designated for assignment at Triple-A Nashville by the Brewers.

PHOENIX -- Keston Hiura remains in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

After the Brewers couldn't find a trade fit for the infielder and former top prospect over the weekend, he cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.

Brewers general manager Matt Arnold announced Friday that Hiura was not going to make the opening day roster. Because Hiura is out of minor-league options, he had to be traded to another team or designated for assignment.

There figured to be interest around the league in Hiura, who despite his strikeout troubles and lack of a true defensive home had a 115 wRC+ last year and is only four years removed from being a top-20 prospect in baseball. Because of the chance that the Brewers might be able to retain him if they placed him on waivers, though – a claiming team would be on the hook for his $2.2 million salary, a possible reason for teams to avoid placing a claim – they weren't going to trade him for a minimal return.

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"We did have a lot of talks but ultimately weren’t able to come up with a deal," Arnold said Monday after the Brewers designated Hiura for assignment.

Hiura did indeed clear waivers Tuesday to remain with the Brewers. He will begin the season in Triple-A with the chance of earning a spot on the big-league club once again, something Arnold said was possible a day earlier.

"He’s a guy that has a bright future ahead of him," Arnold said. "And he could still clear and be a big part of our team coming back. If he ends up back in the big leagues with the Brewers, that wouldn’t surprise me at all. It’s a great guy to have. You know what he can do. There's a ton of upside there, he just needs the at-bats."

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