The Winter Meetings are finally here! As all of baseball descends on San Diego, let's check what's on the Brewers to-do list at these meetings.
New Brewers decision-maker, GM Matt Arnold, has been pretty active this offseason since taking over for David Stearns, who stepped down into an advisory role. He's swung two big trades already, sending out his starting right fielder and second baseman in exchange for five combined players in return.
But there is more work to do on this roster, and the Winter Meetings are the perfect place to do it. So what could be next on Arnold's to-do list?
Here are three things that the Milwaukee Brewers should get done on their to-do list before the Winter Meetings are over.
Brewers Winter Meetings To-Do #1: Get an upgrade at catcher
It's the most obvious position upgrade the Brewers can make and there are still a number of options on the market that are motivated to move and get deals done.
Victor Caratini struggled mightily in the second half and Mario Feliciano is an unproven rookie. The Brewers would be better off acquiring an outside addition at catcher and moving on from Caratini. That outside addition could come from the free agent or trade market.
Christian Vazquez is the top free agent catcher not named Willson Contreras. Contreras is out of the Crew's price range but Vazquez is not. He'd be an excellent fit in Milwaukee and fits the type of catcher the Brewers like, experienced, a strong defender, and handles a pitching staff well. Plus he'd be a major upgrade with the bat, which is needed.
Then there's the trade market. The Blue Jays and Athletics are each looking to trade a starting quality catcher. Manny Pina could be out on the trade market as well from Atlanta. There are a good number of options out there, but the Brewers will have some competition and will need to work fast.
Both the Cubs and Cardinals are in the catcher market as well this winter and they could strike at any moment on any of these catchers. They have the prospects as well to trade for any of the top catchers and the money to sign the free agent catchers as well.
Waiting on their division rivals to make moves isn't going to work in Milwaukee's favor. Get your guy before your rival snatches them up. Work quickly, and beat them to the market, ensuring you get your pick of the litter.