Brewers: 5 Things Still Left On Matt Arnold's To-Do List This Offseason

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Brewers remaining to-do list item #4: More starting pitching depth

Last season, the Brewers starting rotation was ravaged by injuries. Combined with the regression of Ethan Small that made him practically unusable at the big league level, this was a recipe for disaster in that group. There's a chance Small has to make a permanent move to the bullpen which makes a more permanent dent in the Crew's starting pitching depth.

So far this offseason, the Brewers acquired Janson Junk from the Angels in the Hunter Renfroe trade and expect him to compete for a rotation spot. He's a solid depth addition to that group but they need at least one more. It's not clear if they are looking to prospects like Adam Seminaris, who was also acquired in the Renfroe deal, and Robert Gasser, who was acquired in the Josh Hader trade, as viable rotation options for 2023. Both reached Triple-A by the end of last season, but at least early in 2023 they aren't going to be viable big league options.

The top six in the Brewers rotation depth chart right now are: Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta, Eric Lauer, Aaron Ashby, and Adrian Houser. They're returning the same group in that top six, Junk has been added but then they're right back to Jason Alexander and possibly Ethan Small on the depth chart.

They could use another starting option no matter what, but if Ethan Small ends up being moved to the bullpen again in 2023, they certainly need another pitcher who can start.

While the top six in the Brewers rotation depth chart is as strong as any team's in the league, the depth behind them leaves a bit to be desired. You can never have enough starting pitching. If you ever think you have enough, best to go and get one more.

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