Milwaukee Brewers: Complete 2019-2020 Offseason Preview
Brewers Pending Free Agents
Yasmani Grandal, Mike Moustakas, Gio Gonzalez, Drew Pomeranz, Matt Albers, Jordan Lyles
Both Grandal and Moustakas have mutual options for next year, but it’s highly unlikely they will pick up their end of that option. Both are going to enter the free agent market.
It’s going to be tough to re-sign Grandal given his offensive and defensive prowess and coming off the best year of his career. He will be the top catcher available this winter.
Moustakas will be easier to re-sign, but he’s going to be searching for that multi-year deal this winter that has proved elusive before. But he’s going to try again after a strong season.
Gio Gonzalez proved to be a stabilizing force for this rotation once again. He did well in 2018 in one month-plus of action and returned in May and put forth a strong season with a 3.50 ERA in 19 games with 17 starts. The Brewers could be interested in re-signing him as rotation depth, but a rotation spot likely won’t be guaranteed and he might want to search for that elsewhere before he agrees to return.
Drew Pomeranz is someone the Brewers will absolutely be interested in re-signing this winter. He’s been remarkable out of the bullpen this year and emerged one of the Crew’s most trustworthy relievers. He earned himself some big money as a reliever this offseason.
Matt Albers started off strong, posting a 3.65 ERA in the first half, but once again, fell apart in the second half with a 7.54 ERA after the All Star Break. The soon-to-be 37 year old has thrown his last pitch for the Brewers and will head elsewhere.
Jordan Lyles is going to be an interesting case this offseason. He’s been great since joining the Milwaukee Brewers in July and there’s even been extension talks for him, so it’s possible he returns. But his .225 BABIP and 4.91 xFIP are very concerning peripheral stats for Lyles and severe regression is possible.