The next big deadline of the 2022-23 offseason came and went on Friday as the deadline to exchange arbitration numbers has now passed. As it did, the Milwaukee Brewers came this close to locking up all of their players for the 2023 season.
The news of contract agreements for 2023 came trickling in all day, both ahead of and after the 12pm deadline. Once the dust had settled, the team officially announced that 10 different players had agreed to deals for the upcoming season.
Brewers fans may notice that one arbitration eligible name is missing from that group. And of course, it just so happens to be the team's best pitcher, a former NL Cy Young winner at that.
On Friday, the Brewers agreed to deals with all remaining aribitration eligible players with the exception of starting pitcher Corbin Burnes.
Though Corbin Burnes is still waiting on his deal, Milwaukee did come to agreements with the other two members of the Big Three in Brandon Woodruff and Willy Adames. They agreed to contracts of $10.8MM and $8.7MM, respectively, which is a combined $700k less than what MLB Trade Rumors had them projected to earn.
Two other members of the starting infield agreed to their deals as well in Rowdy Tellez ($4.95MM) and Luis Urias ($4.7), as did backups Keston Hiura ($2.2MM) and Abraham Toro ($1.25MM). Catcher Victor Caratini settled in at $2.8MM, which had come out the night before.
Devin Williams got a hefty raise in his first year being eligible for arbitration. The new Brewers closer will now be jumping up from the league minimum to instead making $3.35MM for the 2023 season. Fellow pitchers Eric Lauer ($5.075MM) and Hoby Milner ($1.025MM) got there deals as well.
So now Burnes is the only player still waiting on a deal for the upcoming season. Since they weren't able to arrive at one before today's deadline, both parties will now exchange salaries and take it from there.
That doesn't mean the two sides are guaranteed to head to arbitration, though. Conversations can continue to happen all the way up until the arbitration date with hopes of coming to an agreement before then. Otherwise, it's off to arbitration, similar to last year when the Brewers won their case over pitcher Adrian Houser.
Word hasn't come out yet on how far apart the Brewers and Corbin Burnes are in their salary requests. Hopefully it ends up being a small amount that gets resolved before a potentially messy back-and-forth of arbitration.