Free Agents who could thrive at AFF: #6 Jonathan Villar
Another familiar face could be a potential target for the Milwaukee Brewers, Jonathan Villar. Villar turns 31 in May and was a member of the Brewers from 2016-18 and had the best year of his career in Milwaukee in 2016.
Villar doesn’t have crazy impressive numbers compared to some others on the list but has a few other tools that could be useful to the Milwaukee Brewers. Firstly, Villar is a switch hitter, having a guy that could hit from either side of the plate would be a useful chip for Craig Counsell late in games. Secondly, Villar can play all over the infield. We all know how much Craig Counsell loves his utility guys, and Villar could back up all three infield positions behind Luis Urias, Willy Adames and Kolten Wong.
Jonathan Villar isn’t a slouch at the plate and as mentioned before, the best season of his career was in Milwaukee, but last season as a member of the New York Mets, Villar hit home runs on 3.6 percent of his at bats and had a hard hit rate of 34.9 percent. Villar also slugged .416 and totaled a wRC+ of 105.
Villar may not have quite as impressive a bat as some of these other targets, but that may aid the Milwaukee Brewers in grabbing an under the radar free agent who can also help on the infield.
Free Agents who could thrive at AFF: #5 Eddie Rosario
Some Milwaukee Brewers fans may remember Eddie Rosario as he was a key part in the Atlanta Braves World Series run that began with an NLDS showdown against the Brewers. Rosario was a trade acquisition of the Atlanta Braves who spent the first half of the season with the Cleveland Indians.
While playing for the Indians Eddie Rosario didn’t jump off the page in 2021, posting a home run percentage of just 2.3 percent and slugging .389. However, after the trade to Atlanta, Rosario upped his home run percentage to 6.6 and his slugging to .573 as a member of the Braves. Rosario over the course of the season posted a career high 36.0 hard hit rate and finished the season with a 98 wRC+.
Eddie Rosario turns 31 in September and is primarily a left fielder but knowing Craig Counsell and the way the Milwaukee Brewers have struggled through injuries the past couple seasons, you can never have too many outfielders. It’s possible teams may be willing to pay up for Rosario based on how he finished the season and postseason, but if not, the Brewers should give him a call.