Brewers: 4 Things That GM Matt Arnold Needs To Accomplish At The Winter Meetings

The Winter Meetings are here and the Brewers have some work to do

Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Arnold speaks during an an end of season press
Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Arnold speaks during an an end of season press / Mike De Sisti / The Milwaukee Journal
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3. Add to the starting pitching depth

The pitching market is bonkers at the moment and there are sure to be several starters that sign during these Winter Meetings. While Milwaukee isn't likely to be shopping in the Blake Snell and Eduardo Rodriguez aisle of the pitching market, there are going to be a number of lower tier pitchers that sign as well.

Starting pitching depth was already going to be a major need this offseason and that was before Brandon Woodruff underwent shoulder surgery and then was non-tendered. Now with reports that Corbin Burnes could end up traded as well, that's two more arms they need to replace and it's their two best arms. Adding one or two established arms who can eat up innings should be a priority.

The rotation depth chart currently includes Burnes, Freddy Peralta, Adrian Houser, Colin Rea, Aaron Ashby, and Janson Junk. Those are the only starters on the 40 man roster and Ashby may not be ready for the rotation just yet after missing all of 2023 with shoulder surgery.

A reunion with Wade Miley would make a lot of sense. The Brewers already re-signed Rea and they could do the same with Miley as he explores his options on the open market. Miley was an important veteran leader on the 2023 squad and he was also one of the Crew's best pitchers. He'd certainly be more affordable than a lot of the options out there and he'd be available on a short-term contract.

The free agent market has names like Frankie Montas, Sean Manaea, James Paxton, Noah Syndergaard, and Hyun-Jin Ryu that all could be in Milwaukee's price range.

The trade market may be more fruitful, as it includes names such as Alek Manoah, Shane Bieber, Edward Cabrera, Trevor Rogers, Tyler Glasnow, and Ryan Yarbrough.