Grading the Brewers' last offseason through the first half of the 2023 season

The Milwaukee Brewers made some interesting decisions last offseason. How have those decisions panned out.

Jun 30, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Milwaukee Brewers catcher William Contreras (24)
Jun 30, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher William Contreras (24) / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Brewers Free Agent Signings

Wade Miley
Brian Anderson
Justin Wilson
Blake Perkins

Exercised $10 million club option for Kolten Wong

Predictably, the Brewers didn't do much on the free agent market. The Brewers are already gun-shy about spending money and with how crazy player contracts got last offseason, it isn't surprising whatsoever that Milwaukee largely steered clear of the market.

That said, this was still a really quiet offseason even by Milwaukee's standards as they only committed a little less than $10 million to new free agent signings with Wade Miley's $4.5 million for 2023 being the most they gave out to a player. The Brewers at least chose wisely there as Miley has been good for Milwaukee this season especially given how little they are paying for that production.

Exercising Kolten Wong's $10 million could have been a net-negative given how bad he has been this season, but Milwaukee ended up flipping him in a trade that we will discuss in a minute. Overall, a very quiet free agency which is kinda problematic if you are seemingly wanting to compete in 2023 and there were guys on the market that could have helped this roster out and not cost an arm and a leg.

Free Agency Grade - C+: We can't ignore the Brewers' relative inactivity on the market, but the Brewers do get credit for the Miley signing as that he has been an important part of the Brewers rotation. Certainly not a good showing in free agency, but it could have been worse.