Brewers player who won't be back next year #2: LHP Andrew Chafin
Another veteran who didn't pan out, Andrew Chafin is not going to be back with the Brewers in 2024. The left-hander struggled after coming over from the Diamondbacks in a Deadline deal and was ultimately left off the Wild Card roster.
Chafin has a $7.25MM club option for next year with a $725k buyout and there is virtually zero chance the Brewers pick up that option. They don't usually pay seven million dollars for a top flight reliever unless their arbitration value rises to that (see Josh Hader) and the Brewers still view that as too expensive. That kind of salary for a pitcher who just had a 5.82 ERA with the team is just not going to happen.
However, the Brewers could still decline the option, choose to buyout Chafin and still try to sign him back to a smaller deal in free agency this offseason. That path seems unlikely though. It became clear down the stretch that Chafin wasn't trusted by Craig Counsell and the fact that the Brewers left him off their roster indicates they're not exactly keen on keeping him around.
The Brewers often find quality relievers out of seemingly nowhere. They tried with Chafin and it didn't work, and now the Brewers will move on and look to find another left handed reliever elsewhere.