1. Brad Boxberger
If the Milwaukee Brewers sign anyone who was non-tendered, please let it be Brad Boxberger.
Boxberger is coming off a down year, but he’s still a solid relief option with skills that should interest the Brewers.
Boxberger racked up 32 saves last year with most of them coming in the first half of the year. He got off to a fast start to his 2018 campaign with a 1.77 ERA through his first 20 1/3 innings of the season. However, he struggled down the stretch, and ended the year with a 4.39 ERA.
He did post his second consecutive year with a K/9 over 11.00, and would add another power arm for manager Craig Counsell to turn to in the late innings. He won’t turn 31 years old until late May, and made it through the 2018 season without a DL stint. Boxberger missed time in 2017 with forearm issues, but appears to have put those behind him.
The Milwaukee Brewers will add to their bullpen at some point this off season. Boxberger can generate strikeouts, and has a proven track record. He did appear to wear down in the second half, but he missed a lot of time in 2017, and that may have impacted his conditioning for 2018. Boxberger ended the year healthy, and fits in with the Brewers roster construction. He’d become another arm that Counsell could use to shorten games, and take some of the burden off of Corey Knebel, Jeremy Jeffress, and Josh Hader.