The Brewers are in the process of, among other things, reshaping their bullpen for 2023. Several familiar faces are out the door, and several new faces are already in. But there's something missing.
Obviously, the offseason is far from over, and really only just getting started. But the Brewers have some work to do before they can consider this bullpen ready to go for the 2023 season.
There's something the Brewers have had covered in their bullpen in recent years that they no longer have. That's left-handed pitching.
The Brewers have a new roster need to address this offseason in finding more left-handed relief options.
Currently, the only left-handed reliever on the Brewers 40 man roster is Hoby Milner. Milner was a solid and reliable option in 2022, but the Brewers need more options from the left side.
Josh Hader has departed. Brent Suter is now gone. Taylor Rogers is a free agent and is unlikely to return. Aaron Ashby has moved to the rotation.
The Brewers have added some new players to their bullpen mix this offseason, including Javy Guerra, Cam Robinson, Abner Uribe, Elvis Peguero, Janson Junk, and Tyson Miller. Every single one of those players is right-handed.
Milwaukee would be better positioned if they had a few more left-handed relief options. One problem with this need right now is that the free agent market doesn't have very many options this offseason.
The top left-handed relievers on the market are probably Andrew Chafin and Matt Strahm, although Strahm wants the opportunity to start. Then there's guys like Taylor Rogers and a bunch of over the hill options in Aroldis Chapman, Brad Hand, Zack Britton, and Will Smith. All of those guys have closing experience but aren't likely to remain as closers going forward, with the possible exception of Rogers.
Matt Moore could be a good addition. But overall there aren't a lot of solid options out there and because there are so few, a lot of teams will be competing for them, increasing their market and likely pricing Milwaukee out of it.
The Brewers don't necessarily need a late-inning reliever to be left-handed, so they can pick from the rest of the group and try to find who could best help them. After all, Hoby Milner wasn't a highly rated free agent reliever when they signed him and he's turned into a reliable piece for them.
There's still work to do with this Brewers bullpen, and after adding so many right-handed relievers to this point, the Brewers should have an increased focus on finding another lefty to complement Milner in that group.