Takeaway #3: Keston Hiura may play some outfield
With Kolten Wong entrenched at second base, and a couple of solid options at first base in Rowdy Tellez and Daniel Vogelbach, the Brewers are out of infield positions Keston Hiura can play. As such, they’re looking at potentially playing him in the outfield.
They haven’t gone too deep on that possibility yet with Keston. They still believe in him. Stearns admitted they’re likely going to ask him to play multiple positions next season, and the outfield may be one of them. It may or may not make sense with roster construction, but with Avisail Garcia likely entering free agency, there’s an opening in the outfield.
Takeaway #4: Keston Hiura will have offseason surgery
If you read takeaway #3 and were immediately concerned about Hiura being in the outfield because of his suspect throwing arm, then perhaps this will help.
David Stearns announced that Hiura will undergo surgery this offseason to clean up his throwing elbow and remove some loose bodies. His elbow has been an issue since he entered the Draft in 2017, and hopefully this cleanup procedure will help him stay healthy and perhaps improve his throwing arm.
Takeaway #5: Open to contract extensions
When asked if the Brewers would be looking into contract extension talks with some of their great young players like Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff, Stearns stated that he’s always open to keeping good players here as long as he can.
Then he went into a generic non-answer about both sides needing to be open to it and both sides need to be willing to compromise and work together towards a deal. That’s really how all contract negotiations work, so that is no different and doesn’t mean that Burnes or Woodruff or anyone isn’t currently willing to talk a contract extension, it just means Stearns isn’t going to tell us any specifics.
They’re open to it, and as long as Burnes, Woodruff, and other extension candidates are also open to it, then there’s some common ground where we could see some extensions.