Brewers: 5 Things Still Left On Matt Arnold's To-Do List This Offseason
By David Gasper
Brewers remaining to-do list item #3: Add another left-handed option for the bullpen
After the departures of Josh Hader and Brent Suter, the Brewers bullpen finds itself quite thin in the left-handed pitching department. Currently, Hoby Milner is the only lefty reliever on the 40 man roster.
While the Brewers have been addressing the bullpen this offseason with a number of new players being brought in, all of them have been right-handed throwers, which still leaves a need from the left side.
Recently, the Brewers signed lefty Thomas Pannone to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, but that's been it. He could compete for a bullpen spot but is on the outside looking in an his lack of a 40 man roster spot means he'll have an uphill climb to claim one in the Brewers bullpen.
On the free agent market, there aren't a ton of options for southpaws. There's always the possibility of bringing back Taylor Rogers, but he's likely to be out of Milwaukee's comfort zone when it comes to his salary. Andrew Chafin is another free agent option that will be somewhat pricey for a reliever for Milwaukee.
There's of course always the trade market if the Brewers see someone they really like but with how volatile the reliever position is year-to-year, Milwaukee might be more comfortable taking some low risk fliers on guys like Pannone and sign them to low-money one year deals or minors deals with camp invites. After all, Hoby Milner started on a minor league deal and has worked his way into being a valuable piece.
The Brewers focus has continually been on having quality depth at every position and their left-handed relief depth is pretty shallow. They'll need to add to it before the offseason is over.