4 Budget Free Agents the Brewers Should Target This Offseason

Which affordable free agents should the Brewers bring in this offseason?

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Player #4 - 3B Nick Senzel

Since being selected second overall in the 2016 MLB draft, Nick Senzel hasn't lived up to expectations. He struggled mightily in his five seasons in Cincinnati, and he now hits the open market after being non-tendered by the Reds.

Senzel failed to post an OPS above .700 in each of his final four seasons in Cincinnati. He has a career slash line of just .239/.302/.369 for an OPS of .671 and a wRC+ of 77. It hasn't gone right for Senzel thus far in the majors, but he still makes for an interesting low-risk flier option for the Brewers.

While he would be brought in to primarily play third base, Senzel has the ability to play multiple positions, including all three outfield positions and second base. Additionally, his career-long success versus left-handed pitching could be enough for the Brewers to take a shot on him in free agency.

In 409 career plate appearances against lefties, Senzel is slashing .286/.334/.459 yielding an OPS of .794 to go with a wRC+ of 108. It's not spectacular, but it's enough to spark some intrigue. More recently, Senzel posted an OPS over 1.000 and hit nearly .350 against lefties in 2023.

For the Brewers, there are questions to what the plan is at third base in 2024. Senzel could be another bat to work into the mix, and he's a player who could fill in at multiple positions if need be.

His former prospect pedigree coupled with his platoon potential will draw interest in the free agent market. Still, he shouldn't be very expensive, and it could be worth the gamble to bring him in at an attempt to turn his career around in 2024.

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