3 difficult roster decisions the Brewers must address ASAP

Jun 24, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich (22) rounds
Jun 24, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich (22) rounds / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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The Brewers bullpen needs a lot of work

While the outfield is the most pressing concern that also can probably be addressed with a single move, the Brewers bullpen is in real need of an overhaul. The relief corps as a whole has a 4.00 ERA and is the fifth worst group in the major leagues by fWAR at just 0.5 in 2023. There have been some positives as Devin Williams sports a 1.69 ERA and is missing a ton of bats despite a really spooky walk rate. Joel Payamps, Bryse Wilson, and Elvis Peguero have all been pretty decent as well, but there is room for multiple bullpen arms beyond that.

There aren't any easy answers coming from the minor leagues, so we turn to the trade market for help where there will be a plethora of relievers available that are either rentals or will have some team control.

Scott Barlow and Aroldis Chapman are going to be the hottest names on the market in all likelihood and both would be good fits. The White Sox's Keynan Middleton has an amazing looking Statcast profile and shouldn't be too expensive as he will be a free agent after the season. Daniel Bard has been very good yet again for the Rockies and assuming Colorado doesn't fumble the bag yet again when it comes to holding a player too long, he should be available as the Rockies are really, really bad.

Milwaukee needs to bring in a starting pitcher who misses bats

While the first two areas are the bigger priorities, bringing in another starting pitcher that actually strikes guys out would be a plus. Corbin Burnes is having a bit of a down season so far, but betting on him returning to form is fine for the moment. However, guys like Wade Miley, Julio Teheran, and Adrian Houser have all been getting by with strikeout rates below 6 K/9 which is not a recipe for success in the long term.

If Brandon Woodruff can return to the rotation relatively soon from a muscle strain in his shoulder, that would be incredibly helpful. However, Milwaukee should still look at bringing in another starter that misses some bats to give them some starter depth even if they think Woodruff is guaranteed to be the guy he usually is. Dylan Cease is an option here, but he has multiple years of team control and will likely be too expensive. However, Cease's Chicago teammate Lucas Giolito is a rental and fits the bill nicely. If the Tigers decide to sell at the deadline, Milwaukee should definitely check in on Eduardo Rodriguez as well assuming his finger is healthy.

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