The Milwaukee Brewers have played their final game of the 2023 season, getting eliminated by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Wild Card round. It's a disappointing end to what seemed like a promising season.
The end of the season also will mean the end of certain players' tenures in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform. Some players like Brian Anderson and Julio Teheran have already seen their tenures come to an end, getting designated for assignment during the final week of the regular season, but several players on their way out the door remain on the roster.
These five Brewers players will not be back on the roster for Milwaukee in 2024.
Brewers player who won't be back next year #1: Jesse Winker
It's a miracle he was seen in a Brewers uniform after July with the performance Jesse Winker had this season. Injuries kept him off the field for the last two months, then he appeared out of nowhere on the playoff roster, going 0-for-2 in pinch hit appearances.
Winker was booed off the field after getting out both times as the fans were frustrated not only with Winker's poor performance this year, but also the fact that he somehow was on this roster and getting at-bats to begin with.
When he was on the field in the regular season, Winker hit just .199 with a .567 OPS, just one home run, and a 60 OPS+. He was 40 percent below league-average and his sole job was to hit. He was the designated hitter for the majority of his ABs
Winker had one year left before free agency and the Brewers seemed determined to keep him until then. Now he's entering free agency and there is zero chance he gets brought back.
The Brewers are likely to continue to get younger and Winker has no place on this roster next year. He was not able to hit for average, or for power, he doesn't have any speed, and is a poor defender. The Brewers would've been better off taking his $8.25MM salary for this year and lighting it on fire.
With the season Winker just had, filled with injuries and poor performance, he's probably looking at a minor league deal someplace just to try to show he can hit again. Wherever he gets that deal, it can not and will not be with Milwaukee.