The 2021-2022 offseason has finally come to an end now that Cactus League games are officially underway as of last week. While there are still some free agent signings and trades being made across the league, teams like the Milwaukee Brewers appear to mostly be done making moves of their own.
The Brewers were an interesting case when it came to their possible offseason plan. On one hand, you had a team that was good enough to win the NL Central, resulting in their franchise best fourth straight postseason appearance, and returned a majority of core pieces.
On the other hand, that same team suffered an early playoff exit at the hands of the eventual World Series champion Atlanta Braves in the NLDS due to an untimely offensive drought. To have a better result in 2022, some areas would need to be addressed.
So, in an offseason split in half by a near 100-day MLB lockout, did the Brewers do enough to address those needs? Were the moves they did make good enough? What better way to find out than to grade the major moves the team made to improve this offseason.
Here are grades for each of the major Milwaukee Brewers’ 2021-2022 offseason moves.
1. Brewers sign free agent RHP Trevor Gott
The Brewers started the 2021-2022 offseason off small, addressing an area they always do multiple times each offseason. On November 3rd, just a day after the conclusion of the World Series, Milwaukee signed their first free agent in former Giants reliever Trevor Gott.
Gott has six seasons of major league experience, but just 146 such games, putting up a career 5.01 ERA and a 1.357 WHIP across 140 innings with 116 strikeouts and 57 walks. His most recent MLB action, though, came in 2020.
Gott spent his entire 2021 season with San Francisco’s Triple-A Sacramento team. There, he had a 4.10 ERA and a 1.272 WHIP over 41 2/3 innings. He elected to become a free agent after the season and the Brewers moved in quickly.
Being that Gott is in his first year of arbitration, it’s unknown exactly what he will be making this year seeing as the MLB lockout delayed the arbitration deadline. But considering his history, it’s hard to imagine he will end up being very expensive, so if he doesn’t work out, Milwaukee can move on at relatively little cost.
Gott likely won’t be a lights out reliever if he wins a spot as much as a reliable depth piece in the bullpen, and if he doesn’t last the season, it won’t be a huge loss for the Crew. All-in-all, it was a logical, if not exciting, move for the Brewers to start the offseason.