With all of the changes in the Milwaukee Brewers' front office with David Stearns stepping down, there were a lot of people that thought that the Brewers were about to enter a rebuilding era. The team is getting older and has some key pieces set to hit free agency, plus trading away Josh Hader didn't exactly scream "we want to win now".
However, instead stripping down the roster, the Brewers mostly stayed the course with not spending a lot of money in free agency, keeping the roster largely intact, and making some additions via trade to mixed results.
At this point, we know the drill. Milwaukee is almost never going to be players for the big free agents because of the constraints of their market. The Christian Yelich deal was awesome and justified, but those sorts of deals are going to be rare exceptions. The Brewers continue to make things work for the most part with this strategy as they are still competing at the top of the division, but the question now is how have the moves they made last offseason panned out so far?
Here's our grades of the Brewers offseason moves through the first half of the season
If you are looking for a rigid set of standards for each grade, you won't find them here as this is completely subjective. Data-driven analysis of moves exists elsewhere and we highly recommend them as they are sweet, but this is going to be more subjective and feel in the moment. To get a D or an F here generally has to involve making the team actively worse, signing an awful contract, or making a really lopsided trade. Will it be perfect? Absolutely not. However, we will do our best to explain our thinking at the very least.
Anyways, lets look at the Brewers free agent signings, trades, and departures individually and then at the end, we will give the Brewers their overall grade.