4. Trade for Rays 1B Harold Ramirez
Harold Ramirez seems to be out of a position in Tampa Bay despite hitting .313 with an .813 OPS last season. Ramirez can play either the corner outfield or first base. Randy Arozarena and Josh Lowe occupy the outfield spots and Yandy Diaz had a fantastic season at first base for Tampa this year. That leaves Ramirez with nowhere to get regular playing time.
Ramirez is entering his second season of arbitration, where he's projected to make $4.4MM, a palatable sum for a small market team like the Brewers. He'll have two years of team control as well, another attractive characteristic for Milwaukee.
Brewers GM Matt Arnold used to work for the Rays before he came to Milwaukee and the two teams have linked up on several trades over the years. The familiarity between the two teams could help facilitate a deal.
Ramirez doesn't have a ton of home run power like Pete Alonso or Rhys Hoskins. He hit just 12 homers last year and that's his career high. But, when you hit .300 or better in consecutive seasons, a career K rate of just 17.8%, and crush lefties with a .966 OPS against them, you're someone that brings a ton of value to a lineup and the Brewers need as many valuable and talented hitters like that as possible.
Ramirez should be available this offseason and the price tag won't be exorbitant. He'd be an excellent addition to the lineup that could solve the first base problem not only for 2024, but for 2025 as well.
Whichever path the Brewers choose to take, whether it's one of these four or some other path entirely, the Brewers need to find some way to upgrade their first base position because right now that depth chart is horrendous.