Takeaway #3: Very good chance "The Big 3" remain in Milwaukee for 2024
The Big Three, also known as Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Willy Adames, are all entering their final year of arbitration before hitting free agency after the 2024 season. There's going to be much speculation over the offseason about the Brewers trading one or more of them in order to get a solid prospect return rather than losing them as a free agent.
Matt Arnold said he would feel very comfortable with all three remaining on the roster for 2024, that he knows how valuable all three of them are to this team and he doesn't anticipate trading them away.
At the same time, Arnold did leave the door open and didn't close himself off from making a trade from that group. When pressed specifically on Burnes, the likeliest trade candidate, Arnold did give the classic GM-speak of "we'll see what happens" and you never know how discussions over the offseason will go, but he did also state that he expects Burnes to be a Brewer next season.
Takeaway #4: Brewers will "aggressively" look into adding more pitching depth
Coinciding with the trade talk surrounding Burnes and Woodruff, Matt Arnold did state that the Brewers will be aggressively looking at addressing their pitching depth this offseason after the rotation was ravaged with injuries throughout the year.
Trading Burnes or Woodruff from that group would obviously hurt the Crew's pitching depth, but there's other players that factor in as well.
Colin Rea, who was depended on quite a bit this year, will be a free agent this offseason. Wade Miley, another key piece in the rotation, has a $10MM mutual option for next year, and mutual options are rarely exercised by both sides.
The Brewers will need to continue to backfill their pitching depth this offseason and even though they have prospects like Robert Gasser and Carlos Rodriguez nearing the big leagues, acquiring some proven MLB talent will be a priority as well.