It's been a solid offseason thus far for the Milwaukee Brewers. They've made a bunch of moves, highlighted by the three-team blockbuster that saw All-Star William Contreras become a Brewer.
Veterans such as Hunter Renfroe and Kolten Wong are out, clearing the way for young prospects such as Brice Turang, Sal Frelick, and Joey Wiemer.
The Brewers have brought in Jesse Winker at DH, William Contreras at catcher, as well as Abraham Toro and Owen Miller at the utility infield spot. Also in the fold are several new pitchers to replenish the big league pitching depth, including Javy Guerra, Janson Junk, Elvis Peguero, Joel Payamps, and Gus Varland among others.
GM Matt Arnold in his first season in control has been checking things off his lengthy to-do list this offseason. Catcher upgrade? Check. DH upgrade? Check. Improve the middle of the order? Check.
But that's not everything. There's still more on Matt Arnold's to-do list this offseason. Here are the five things that still remain on the Brewers offseason to-do list.
Brewers remaining to-do list item #1: Meaningfully upgrade third base
The Brewers have added a couple of players who can play third base. Abraham Toro is a third baseman and was acquired in the Kolten Wong trade. Owen Miller was recently acquired and also could play third base. However, neither player figures to be an improvement over Luis Urias.
After a promising 2021 campaign, Urias' offensive output took a step back in 2022 and while he's still young, the Brewers should look for a legitimate upgrade at the third base position and push Urias into a super-utility role.
Milwaukee looks to have answers at just about every position outside of third base. Catcher and DH just got their answers with recent moves, Rowdy Tellez hit 35 homers at first base, Turang will likely take over at second base, and Willy Adames is at short. In the outfield there's Yelich and Tyrone Taylor will serve as a stopgap until the prospects take over. Garrett Mitchell and Sal Frelick are likely to see big league time early and there's a good chance both will make the club out of spring training. Joey Wiemer isn't far behind and is likely the future in right field.
Third base could stand to upgrade the most out of all the positions. There's not a lot of options out on the market, however. Brandon Drury and Justin Turner are the two top players on the free agent market. The trade market is always full of surprises and could have some interesting players available.
Because there aren't many great options on the market, Matt Arnold should look to move swiftly to get the guy he wants to upgrade the position.