Brewers player who won't be back in 2024 #5: 1B Rowdy Tellez
This may be the biggest "surprise" on this list, but it's difficult to see Rowdy Tellez returning to this roster next season for a couple of reasons.
First, Tellez has a rising salary in arbitration. He earned $4.95MM this season and will be due at least a slight raise for next season. Second, Tellez had a down year in 2023, forcing the Brewers to acquire Carlos Santana at the Trade Deadline. Down the stretch, even once he was healthy, Tellez was in a bench role and didn't make the postseason roster.
Tellez suffered from a power outage since mid-May. He was playing well through the first month and a half of the season, but fell off a cliff after that. He hit just one home run after mid-May. A forearm issue and then a hand injury kept him off the field for a bit.
The Brewers could pick up Mark Canha's option after Canha had an excellent run in Milwaukee and install Canha at first base for 2024.
Tellez was passed over as a the left handed power bat off the bench on the postseason roster in favor of Jesse Winker, who had the worst OPS on the team all year, just one home run, and hadn't played in the big leagues in two months. The Brewers still felt Winker was a better option than Tellez. That speaks to their state of mind on Tellez's bat and that would indicate a non-tender is likely coming this offseason.
Losing Tellez this winter would be a bigger loss in the clubhouse than it probably will be on the field. Tellez's presence, cracking jokes, and keeping the clubhouse light and loose was important during the regular season, leading to the division title.
The Brewers are likely to see some more roster turnover this season and some players may seem likely to move on but there's a decent chance they stay. For these five players, it's all but a sure thing they won't return to the Brewers roster in 2024.