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Brewers: Top 5 Roster Needs The Team Has To Address This Offseason

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 05: A picture of the American Family Field logo outside the stadium before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at American Family Field on September 05, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brewers defeated the Cardinals 6-5. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 05: A picture of the American Family Field logo outside the stadium before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at American Family Field on September 05, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brewers defeated the Cardinals 6-5. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 18: Luis Urias #2 of the Milwaukee Brewers before the pitch against the New York Yankees at American Family Field on September 18, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /

Brewers offseason roster need #2: Third Base

The Brewers have long been searching for a long-term answer at third base. We thought they had found it last year with Luis Urias. But he struggled in 2022, with drops in all three of his slash line categories and a general lack of consistency in his performance.

Urias may not reach his full offensive ceiling, and if that’s the case, the Brewers need a new plan for third base. There was a fair amount of mixing and matching at the position in 2022, with Urias, Jace Peterson, and Mike Brosseau all seeing a bunch of reps there.

None of those three are really great starting options, unless Urias gets closer to his 2021 self or better. Peterson is a free agent this winter and there’s no guarantee he comes back. Milwaukee will either be relying heavily on a bounce-back campaign from Urias in 2023 or they will get some outside help to cover or perhaps take over that position.

If I were the Brewers, I’d be looking to bring in some competition for Urias or a straight up starter to take over at third base and move Urias back into a super-utility role that he was in a lot in 2021.

Brewers offseason roster need #3: Catcher

The Brewers received a -1.0 WAA from their catching corps in 2022, which was 17th in the league. The only reason it wasn’t lower was likely because of the defense provided by Victor Caratini and Omar Narvaez since their offensive numbers were atrocious.

Narvaez hit a paltry .206/.292/.305 with just four homers and a .597 OPS. Caratini wasn’t much better, hitting just .199/.300/.342 with nine homers and a .642 OPS.

Milwaukee needs better production from their catchers in 2023. Narvaez is a free agent and, based on his performance this year, is unlikely to be re-signed. The Brewers do have a major league ready replacement in Mario Feliciano. Feliciano could very easily be the catcher upgrade for the Brewers this offseason and they wouldn’t need an outside addition.

Feliciano hit .274 in Triple-A this year with six homers, although he does have more home run power in him.

However, if the Brewers want to go with a more proven option, they could look for outside help.

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