Free agency is well under way around Major League Baseball. While the Brewers may not land any of the market's top names like Carlos Correa, Jacob deGrom or Aaron Judge, there are a few players out there that the Crew should be eyeing.
Some of these names include players who were on last year's squad. At season's end, the Brewers lost each of Andrew McCutchen, Jace Peterson, Omar Narvaez, Trevor Gott (who since signed in Seattle), Brad Boxberger, Taylor Rogers, Luis Perdomo and Jandel Gustave.
Let's take a look at three players the Brewers should be looking to bring back via free agency.
No. 1: RHP Brad Boxberger
This one's a no-brainer.
Boxberger, 34, has spent each of the last two seasons in Milwaukee and has been one of the more reliable arms in the back end of Craig Counsell's bullpen.
In 2021, "Box" made 71 appearances, posting a 3.34 ERA and a 124 ERA+ to go with it. Last season, he improved all across the board, making 70 appearances and posting a 2.95 ERA and a 134 ERA+.
One of the things Box does best is limit the home run and he did that with the best of them last year. His 0.8 HR/9 rate is the lowest mark he's ever produced in his 11-year big league career.
The late inning experience and overall durability that comes with someone like Boxberger should make him one of the higher priorities for Matt Arnold and Co. in this year's free agency pool.
No. 2: UTIL Jace Peterson
"On Base Jace" looked sharp on offense and defense last year with Milwaukee. He will never blow you away with his offensive numbers (he has a career 97 OPS+ in 740 games) but his ability to get on base and play solid defense does make him a valuable asset.
Peterson, 32, appeared in 112 contests last year for the Crew, the highest for him since 2016 in Atlanta. He managed a 98 OPS+ in 328 plate appearances but was worth 1.1 oWAR per Baseball-Reference as well as a career-best 1.3 dWAR.
Since his coming to Milwaukee back in 2020, Peterson has played every single defensive position except for catcher and center field. He is best suited for second base or any of the infield and outfield corners though. However, his ability to line up anywhere he is needed is important in today's game that values positional versatility so dearly.
No. 3: RHP Luis Perdomo
Hear me out on this one. Someone like Perdomo, who can function as both a starter and reliever, brings value to a team like Milwaukee.
The 29-year-old righty made just 14 appearances out of the Brewers bullpen last year but he had a solid 3.80 ERA and 105 ERA+ across his 23+ innings in the bigs. Especially considering it was only Perdomo's first year back from Tommy John surgery, he deserves to be cut a little slack.
It's Perdomo's minor league numbers that are especially promising. In 24 appearances (three starts), he was 2-0 with a 2.67 ERA in 30 innings for the Sounds. He struck out 33 batters and walked only four along the way, showing impressive command on his pitches.
Over the course of his entire professional career that began all the way back in 2011, Perdomo has a 0.9 HR/9 rate in over 920 innings. His ability to limit the long ball and to minimize free passes via the walk should be something the Brewers seek out in a pitcher this offseason.
For someone like Perdomo whose value last year was at its highest in the minors, a minor league deal with an invite to big league Spring Training may be the smartest way to go but either way, he deserves another shot