The Milwaukee Brewers roster needs some changes. That much is evident after the Crew fell short of the postseason in 2022. But what changes should those be exactly?
The Brewers certainly could use upgrades in a couple of positions while also seeing improvements from the players that are already here (i.e. Christian Yelich). As the offseason gets going and transactions unfreeze following the World Series, let’s look to what the Brewers big needs are this offseason.
The Brewers have several key roster needs to be addressed in the 2022-23 MLB offseason.
Brewers offseason roster need #1: Better pitching depth
You can never have too many pitchers. If you think you have enough pitchers, better grab one more. That’s how the sayings go, and they hold true.
The Brewers probably entered 2022 thinking they were just fine on pitching depth, but they went from everything being fine to relying on Jason Alexander, a minor league free agent signee the previous offseason, for 70+ innings very quickly.
The rotation went through a number of injuries, and some of the performances from both the original pitchers and the replacements, were not good enough.
The core of the pitching staff is still good, despite the mid-season departure of Josh Hader. Devin Williams will lock down the back end of the bullpen and the rotation is led by the trio of Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta.
But the depth behind these guys needs to be improved. David Stearns said as much during his end of season press conference. When Stearns says pitching depth is a need, that makes it an automatic inclusion on the list.
Ethan Small‘s struggles in Triple-A this year compounded the rotation depth problem. They were likely planning to rely more on Small this year than Alexander, but his uncharacteristic struggles with walks in 2022 forced the Brewers to rely on other options.
Expect some added rotation depth and most likely another couple of bullpen options.