The Milwaukee Brewers have several free agents hitting the open market this offseason and not all of them are going to return in 2024.
Some players are hitting the market coming off solid seasons while others just had the worst season of their career, making it a difficult time for them to enter the market and difficult to see them returning to Milwaukee. The Brewers also have payroll matters to take into account. They won't have a ton of payroll space this offseason, which will impact their free agent pursuits.
Let's dive into who could stay, and who is going to be let go as free agency unfolds this offseason.
Brewers Free Agent Who Will Leave: 3B Josh Donaldson
Josh Donaldson had an interesting 2023 season, starting with the Yankees and ending up on the Brewers. More than half of his hits were home runs with 13 long balls in 25 total hits. He hit just .152 on the season between the two teams.
After coming over to Milwaukee, Donaldson was slightly better than he was in New York, hitting .169 with a .680 OPS and three homers over the final month. Seven of his 10 hits with the Brewers were for extra bases. Still, that's not going to be enough to warrant the Brewers bringing Donaldson back for another go around in 2024.
Donaldson is going to enter his age 38 season next year and his age is starting to catch up to him. He still can hit homers, but he can't make contact as consistently as he previously did.
Brewers GM Matt Arnold named Andruw Monasterio and Tyler Black as the in-house options for third base next season and Donaldson did not appear to be in Milwaukee's plans for 2024. The Crew will be going a different route as Donaldson looks to continue his career elsewhere.