The 2022 season left a bunch of questions that fans had of their Milwaukee Brewers team before the next season would begin. There were questions about the front office, the roster, the manager, pretty much everything you could think of.
The Brewers have answered many fans' concerns very well before the season started. There are just a couple of lingering questions that could have a big impact on the future of the team that I will be covering.
Here are two questions that need to be answered by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Question #1: Will Brewers Manager Craig Counsell Return in 2024?
Craig Counsell is arguably the most successful manager the Brewers have ever had. He leads the Brewers in most wins as a manager with 620 and has been the manager in the best era of franchise history. Under Counsell, the Brewers made four consecutive playoff appearances and have produced winning records in five of Counsell’s eight seasons as manager.
Whether you're a fan of Counsell or not, the results have been there. This is someone the Brewers absolutely want to extend. General Manager Matt Arnold made that clear, stating in an interview that extending Counsell is “definitely on our agenda” per Todd Rosiak's piece for Milwaukee Journal Setinel.
Counsell is a Wisconsin native and grew up a Brewers fan. He even finished his career playing for the Brewers. There's no doubt he bleeds Milwaukee Baseball, and as stated before there’s no doubt in his ability to manage a ball club. This is going to be a big topic to follow throughout the season.
Question #2: Will any of the "Big 3" get extended?
Without a doubt, Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, and Willy Adames are some of the most important players to the Brewers’ success. With all three nearing the end of arbitration and getting ready to test out free agency, this is something the Brewers are going to have to figure out.
Burnes is a former NL Cy Young Award winner, Woodruff is one of the better pitchers in the game as well, and Adames’ power has been one of the focal points of the Brewers offense. The value these players bring to the table is insane.
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a ton of positive news revolving around extension talks for the three. Adames has stated that he would love to play the rest of his career in Milwaukee and has had conversations about an extension, but there hasn’t been any other info.
Burnes has been upset with the Brewers after losing his arbitration hearing and there has been no reported long term extension talks with him. With Woodruff, there hasn’t been any news reported which could be construed as good or bad.
It's unlikely the Brewers will able to bring back all three players, leaving them with a difficult decision to make in the near future. The question is, will any of them find their Brewers career being extended?