Here are three free agents that MLB Trade Rumors predicts the Brewers will sign for the 2023 season.
2. 3B Brandon Drury
Like catcher, third base is another offensive position the Brewers could look to address this offseason. The production the team received there during the 2022 season was inconsistent to say the least.
A year after it seemed like he had taken the reigns at third base, Luis Urias took a step back in 2022. Injuries to start the year didn't help, but he still ended up seeing all parts of his slash line decline from year to year (.239/.335/.404). A .739 OPS was okay, but will those numbers bounce back or continue to go down?
Jace Peterson saw a bunch of time at third last year as well and started off well enough, but his production dropped as the season went on and he is now a free agent. Mike Brosseau had good numbers in his first season with Milwaukee (.255/.344/.418), but only played in 69 games. Who knows if he is ready for a bigger role.
MLB Trade Rumors' Darragh McDonald predicts that the Brewers will bolster the position by bringing in free agent third baseman Brandon Drury. It might not be a long term solution, but could provide some needed stability.
The 30-year-old signed with the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent prior to last season before being traded to the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline. When all was said and done, he ended up having the best offensive season of his career.
Between the two teams, Drury hit .263 with a .813 OPS, which was a career high as were his 28 homers, 87 RBIs, and 87 runs scored. He was awarded a Silver Slugger at the utility position for his efforts.
Speaking of which, Drury would bring another trait that the Brewers always seem to love: positional versatility. While he has played most of his career games at third (211), he has played nearly as many at second (192), and a good number at the corner outfield spots (76 in left field, 57 in right field).
One question is whether the Brewers believe that his production is sustainable. Prior to last season's 2.6 bWAR, Drury had only produced a positive bWAR in two other seasons: 1.4 in 2017 and 0.2 in 2021.
MLB Trade Rumors projects Drury at a two-year deal worth $18MM. If he can provide Silver Slugger level offense yet again going forward, that price would be worth it for Milwaukee.