The offseason is ramping up, and the Milwaukee Brewers are about to be faced with a lot of decisions ahead of the 2024 season. Among the questions needed answering: What will they do with the 11 players on their roster who are eligible for arbitration? Which of them will be offered contracts, which won't, and who might be traded away? Here is your one-stop shop for Brewers arbitration and non-tender information, including deadlines and key figures.
Key MLB salary arbitration dates
- Jan. 12: Teams and players must present salary figures to each other by this date. They can agree on a number anytime before Jan. 29 in order to avoid arbitration hearings.
- Jan. 29 - Feb. 6: Arbitration hearings take place between teams and players who haven't reached a salary agreement.
Arbitration is the process through which players are able to negotiate for higher pay during the offseason. They become eligible for arbitration when they've accumulated three years of Major League time, remain eligible through their fifth year. Players and teams have until Jan. 12 to put forth their initial offers; if they're not agreed upon by Jan. 29, arbitration hearing take place, wherein a panel of arbitrators act as a mediator and decide to grant the player either the figure he is asking for or the one the team is offering. If a team doesn't want to offer a player a new contract, he can be traded or he can be non-tendered, which we'll get to later.
One exception to arbitration eligibility does exist: a player with less than three years of service time can become eligible for Super Two arbitration when he is in the top 22% of MLB service time among players with two or three years in the majors.
Which Brewers are eligible for arbitration?
A number of the Brewers' top players are eligible for arbitration this year, including aces Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff, as well as shortstop Willy Adames and closer Devin Williams. All are expecting raises with the exception of Abraham Toro, who went between Triple-A and the big league club in 2023. Spotrac estimates a $4 million raise for Burnes, who notably went into arbitration with the Brewers last year and lost. Last year, the Brewers spent well under the $165 million league average. If they let go of a majority of their 12 free agents, they should free up some money to give their arbitration-eligible players, but it's still possible that they enter into arbitration if they undersell their top players.
When is the non-tender deadline?
The deadline for clubs to non-tender a player is Nov. 17. When a player is non-tendered, the club doesn't offer him a contract and he becomes a free agent. Last year, the Brewers non-tendered right-handed pitchers Trevor Gott, Jandel Gustave, Luis Perdomo. MLB Trade Rumors predicts that Rowdy Tellez, Abraham Toro, and Brandon Woodruff could be non-tendered this year, which would free up an estimated $18 million.
Which Brewers have been non-tendered?
Ahead of the deadline, the Brewers non-tendered Brandon Woodruff, Rowdy Tellez, and J.C. Mejía.
Updated Nov. 18