Brewers sign catchers Severino, Sullivan to one-year deals

Baltimore Orioles catcher Pedro Severino catches a pop fly out by Philadelphia Phillies' Andrew McCutchen to end an interleague baseball game, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have added a pair of catchers by signing Pedro Severino and Brett Sullivan to one-year contracts.

Severino, 28, batted .248 with a .308 on-base percentage, 11 homers and a career-high 46 RBIs in 113 games with the Baltimore Orioles this past season. He hit .293 in 147 at-bats against left-handed pitching.

He's a career .235 hitter with a .305 on-base percentage. Severino played for the Washington Nationals from 2015-18 before spending the last three seasons in Baltimore.

Sullivan has no major league experience but has spent six seasons playing in the minors for the Tampa Bay Rays organization. The 27-year-old Sullivan spent 2021 batting .223 with nine homers and 35 RBIs in 90 games for the Rays' Triple-A affiliate in Durham, North Carolina.

Milwaukee needed to find catchers to back up 2021 All-Star Omar Narvaez after Manny Pina signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the World Series champion Atlanta Braves and Luke Maile became a free agent.

Pina had been with the Brewers since 2016 and hit .189 with a .293 on-base percentage, 13 homers and 33 RBIs in 75 games this past season. Maile hit .300 with three RBIs in 15 games.

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