Brewers GM Matt Arnold held his end of season press conference on Tuesday after yet another disappointing early exit from the postseason. He talked for about half an hour and answered a variety of questions about the team.
What were the important things he said that Brewers fans can take away from this press conference?
Takeaway #1: No timetable yet on a Craig Counsell decision
The first topic that Arnold was peppered with questions on was none other than Craig Counsell. Counsell's contract is up and he didn't want to talk extension until after the season. Now that the season is done, where does he stand?
According to Arnold, there is no timetable yet on Counsell's decision. They are in regular conversation with him and he hopes to have news soon if possible on the subject, but he's giving Counsell the space he needs to make a decision on if he wants to stay.
Arnold also said they are prepared if Counsell chooses to leave Milwaukee, but he hopes it doesn't come to that and would prefer that Counsell returns.
Takeaway #2: Mark Canha is in a "really good spot" for his contract option to be picked up
Matt Arnold wouldn't commit to picking up Mark Canha's club option for 2024 as it's too early to make a decision there, but it sounded like they were trending in that direction. Arnold raved about what Canha brought to the team after the Trade Deadline, hitting .287 with an .800 OPS over the final two months and coming up with some big hits for the team and that he put himself in a really good spot for that option to be picked up.
Canha's option carries a $11.5MM salary for next year with a $2MM buyout, essentially making it a $9.5MM decision for the front office. Based on Canha's play, it sounds like he's likely to be back in a Brewers uniform in 2024.