Candidate #2: 1B Jon Singleton
This is another player who's 40 man roster spot will come down to how he does once spring training gets started. The Brewers added Jon Singleton to their 40 man roster at the deadline for protection from the Rule 5 Draft. It was a peculiar decision at the time because the 31 year old Singleton is no longer a prospect and likely wasn't in any real danger of being selected.
Yet the Brewers chose to add him with both Rowdy Tellez and Keston Hiura still on the roster. It'll be tough to see Singleton finding a roster spot as a 1B/DH only with those two guys on the roster as well as Jesse Winker, who is likely to get the bulk of the ABs at DH in 2023.
Singleton is who he is at this point. He brings a lot of power, a very low batting average, walks a good amount, and strikes out at a pretty high clip. But he can have an impact in a limited role and the Brewers liked what he did in Triple-A in 2022 enough to add him to the 40 man roster.
The issue is, Singleton is out of minor league options, so now that he's on the 40 man, he has to either make the team out of camp or he gets DFAed off the 40 man.
Based on the current roster math, there isn't much of a path for Singleton to make the roster. Granted, that could change if the Brewers make a trade or two involving the players ahead of Singleton on the depth chart. Speaking of...
Candidate #3: 1B/DH Keston Hiura
Like Singleton, Keston Hiura is defensively limited and is out of minor league options. He's struggled the past three seasons to find a groove at the plate and the Brewers seem to be just about ready for a divorce with him.
With Hiura's recent numbers putting him on thin ice with the organization and now being out of options, he makes sense as either a trade candidate in the coming weeks or simply a DFA candidate.
Keston Hiura's trade value sure isn't what it once was. If the Brewers do trade Hiura, they won't be expecting much in return at this point. Other teams may not even bother to offer anyone to take Hiura and try to wait for a DFA where they can pick him up for nothing. There's bounce back value with him, but the Brewers may not be able to afford to give Hiura another year of ABs where he isn't producing and is striking out too much.
There's a chance Keston Hiura stays. There's a chance Jon Singleton stays. There's practically zero chance both of them are still on the 40 man roster come Opening Day.