3 Pending Free Agents The Brewers Need To Let Walk, 1 They Need To Keep

It'll be easy to let some of these guys go, but not all of them.

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The Milwaukee Brewers will have some decisions to make this offseason. While we aren't there yet, the final few weeks of the regular season could help determine what course the Brewers want to take with some of their pending free agents.

Milwaukee's slated to have a handful of free agents this winter. While the Brewers may already be leaning a certain direction with most of them, let's dig into who should stay and who should go.

Here are three pending free agents the Brewers should let walk and one they absolutely need to keep.

Free Agent to let walk: DH Jesse Winker

Based on how this season has gone, it's no surprise Jesse Winker finds himself on this list. Prior to the season, there was hope that a bounce-back year could lead to Winker sticking around even longer. That's not going to happen anymore.

The plan was for Jesse Winker to be the DH just about everyday, returning to the form he had when he was with the Reds, hitting for average and power. Instead, he's done neither. Winker underwent a couple surgeries last offseason, including a neck surgery, that likely impacted his performance. Winker has battled more injuries through the course of this season.

Winker hit just one home run this year and was batting just .199 in 61 games. He's been on the injured list with back spasms since late July. Winker went on a rehab assignment but just as it was expiring he suffered a setback and went back on IL. He's now out on another rehab assignment.

Winker simply may not play for the Brewers the rest of this season, and they won't miss him in the lineup if he doesn't. There's virtually no chance Winker is signed back in Milwaukee for next season. He'll walk, and maybe he'll sign a cheap, one year prove it deal somewhere else.