JP Feyereisen

River Falls native JP Feyereisen, who made his Major League debut with the Milwaukee Brewers last season and has been a vital part of the Brewers’ bullpen this year, was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays Friday. File photo

The Milwaukee Brewers were looking for a new shortstop, and the price they had to pay included River Falls’ own JP Feyereisen.

Feyereisen, a 2011 River Falls High School graduate, was traded by the Brewers along with fellow reliever Drew Rasmussen to Tampa Bay for starting shortstop Willy Adames and relief pitcher Trevor Richards, the team announced Friday night.

Feyereisen, 28, was acquired by Milwaukee in a trade with the New York Yankees in September, 2019. He made his Major League debut in 2020, and appeared in six games before rising to a prominent setup role this year, starting the season with a 17-game streak of not allowing an earned run.

In a statement on Twitter, Feyereisen thanked the Brewers and his home state of Wisconsin for the opportunity to play here:

“There is no better feeling than wearing the hometown jersey and representing the great state of WI! Thank you to the @brewers organization for giving me the opportunity to take the mound and make my debut last year and this year in front of my friends and family. It means so much.”

Feyereisen was effectively the Brewers’ seventh-inning man ahead of reigning National League Rookie of the Year Devin Williams and closer Josh Hader when the Brewers had the lead this season. After holding opponents to an .080 batting average in his 17 appearances without an earned run to open the season, he has allowed runs in three of his last four games.

Feyereisen has now been traded three times in his career: From the Indians to the Yankees in 2016 in the Andrew Miller deal, from New York to the Brewers in late 2019, and again Friday. He is expected to wear No. 34 for Tampa Bay when he joins the team for their game in Toronto Saturday night.

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