Potential Move #3: Brewers flip Jesse Winker and package him in another trade to bolster pitching depth
There is a chance the Brewers have more moves up their sleeve, and that could include a deal with Winker himself. There is clearly a market for Winker, who is expected to have a bounce back year in 2023. I would not rule it out for the Brewers to leverage him in a trade to get more MLB ready pitching talent.
While the Brewers got 3 pitching prospects for Hunter Renfroe, they will likely still need to add some more pitching depth that can contribute immediately in 2023. With the Brewers losing Trevor Gott to free agency and waiving Brent Suter, the bullpen lost some key contributors from 2022.
Trevor Gott pitched in 45.2 innings in 2022 for the Brewers. He finished the season with a 4.14 ERA and a WHIP of 1.03. Gott had a very solid early stretch of the year for the Brewers last season, but ultimately had his season derailed by a handful of injuries. He now finds himself reunited with Kolten Wong on the Seattle Mariners roster.
Brent Suter was truly a fan favorite and was the longest tenured Brewer on the active roster, so it was fairly surprising to see him placed on waivers. He had a very valuable role in Milwaukee's bullpen throughout the years, and it will be a role that will need to be filled as Suter pitched just over 66 innings for Milwaukee last year.
Pitching still remains a need for this roster. Many believed this was an area the team would address in free agency, and there are still some arms available on the market that could be good fits. However, this acquisition of Winker gives the Brewers flexibility if they wish to acquire arms via trade. With Winker being owed over $8 in 2023 and set to be a free agent after the season, he likely is not in the long term plans for the Brewers and could be on the table as a trade chip.
We should get more clarity on how the 2023 Milwaukee Brewers roster will shake out in the coming months. There have already been a number of interesting moves in the Matt Arnold GM era, and I would expect there to be even more to follow. Clearing the way on the roster for prospects to get playing time, and adding pitching depth are two actions I could see happening as we creep closer to the 2023 season.