Third base is the biggest remaining positional need for the Brewers to address this offseason. While they've added some depth options in Abraham Toro and Owen Miller, neither are true competitors to Luis Urias for the starting job at present.
With Urias taking a step back offensively in 2022 and the team ready to win now and improve the offense, they could stand to upgrade the position by bringing in someone externally. But who could that be?
There are a couple of options on both the free agent and trade markets for the Brewers to consider.
Here are four external third basemen for the Milwaukee Brewers to consider acquiring this offseason.
Brewers third base target #1: Free agent Brandon Drury
Brandon Drury is the best free agent option at the hot corner on the market this offseason. He had a big breakout season in 2022 with the Reds and Padres, finishing his walk year with 28 homers, an .813 OPS, and a 122 OPS+ with a 2.6 bWAR.
Drury, 30, can play third base everyday, presenting a solid upgrade over Luis Urias, but he also has the versatility to play second base and even the outfield if needed.
Drury has dealt with injuries in his career, playing in 130+ games just three times in eight seasons in MLB. Because of that, teams likely aren't looking to go anything beyond a two year commitment and even if other teams are, the Brewers shouldn't be.
It was believed that Drury would have a robust market because he was really the only viable everyday starting option at third base out there this year, but he's remained unsigned to this point.
It looks like Drury is just now hitting his stride with his health in order and has blossomed into the hitter he always showed promise of being back with Arizona in 2016 and 2017. The Brewers can ride that momentum for the next couple of years and perhaps get the best years of his career.
Based on his history and incredible walk year, I'd expect Drury to be available for the Brewers on a two year deal in the $20-25MM range. If his market pushes any higher than that, then there are a couple other options to choose from...