Next we will take a look at upcoming free agents at the pitcher position. Both of the upcoming pitcher free agents were acquired by the Brewers mid-season at the trade deadline.
Upcoming Brewer Free Agents: Pitchers
In a shocking trade with the Padres, Taylor Rogers was sent to the Brewers in a package deal surrounding Josh Hader. Prior to the trade, Rogers had lost the role as San Diego’s closer as he converted 28 out of 35 save opportunities.
With the Brewers, Craig Counsell has had the lefty working in high leverage situations. So far he has converted three out of four save opportunities and has two holds. When he does give up runs they seem to come in bunches. Of the four games he has given up runs, he had one outing of three earned runs and another of four.
As for Rogers’ future with the Brewers, the vibe when he was acquired was that he was a rental player for the 2022 season. His salary this season was $7.3MM and it is hard to imagine the Brewers paying a reliever that much in free agency.
While the Brewers trade deadline decisions this year were more than puzzling, this trade really put the icing on the cake. The Crew forked over a top 30 outfield prospect in Tristan Peters for a reliever who had not pitched since 2020 and had a known hamstring injury.
Once in Milwaukee, Rosenthal began a rehab assignment and suddenly had a new injury to his throwing shoulder. This new injury will cause him to miss the remainder of the year and unless he gets re-signed by the team this offseason, he will never make his Brewers debut.
Despite not pitching at all in 2022, the Brewers are eating the remainder of his $4.5MM salary. Given his injury history over the past few seasons, it’s difficult to see any team signing him this offseason to a major league deal. The 32 year old has had a brilliant career to date, but it is unlikely we ever see him in a Brewers uniform.