For the second consecutive season the Milwaukee Brewers find themselves with a large number of players in arbitration and their projected salaries increasing. During last year's arbitration projections 18 players were listed with an estimated $79.9MM allocated towards them. Looking ahead to 2024, 12 players are eligible with $70.0MM projected in total salary.
Once again, MLB Trade Rumors is the source we are utilizing for 2024 arbitration projections. Here's what the Crew's players are projected to make in salary in 2024 with their actual 2023 salary listed afterwards.
Arbitration projections for 12 Milwaukee Brewers players in 2024 according to MLB Trade Rumors.
Corbin Burnes - $15.1MM projected ($10.01MM in 2023)
For the first time since 2019, Corbin Burnes finished with an ERA above 3.00, but his 3.39 ERA was still quite good. He also he finished less than seven innings shy of 200 innings pitched, struck out exactly 200 batters, and was an All-Star for the third consecutive season.
A $5MM pay increase is not out of the question for one of baseball's top pitchers, but Milwaukee may not be willing to pay that as trade rumors surrounding him will intensify this winter. Additionally, the Brewers took him to an ugly arbitration hearing last spring and could very well do so again should he remain with the organization.
Willy Adames - $12.4MM projected ($8.70MM in 2023)
For the second consecutive season, Willy Adames had a down offensive season. A year ago he at hit for a ton of power and slugging, but his batting average and on-base percentage took a hit. In 2023, his batting average fell again (.217), he finished with an on-base percentage above .300 (.310), but his power/slugging percentage was down. He made up for his offensive woes by being a top three defender in the league and now has one more year of arbitration to put it all together before a big payday.
Brandon Woodruff - $11.6MM projected ($10.80MM in 2023)
Injuries hampered Brandon Woodruff in 2023 as he ended up making just 11 starts. He was dominant when he was on the mound (2.28 ERA and one complete game shutout) but there are legitimate concerns about his shoulder health moving forward. Had he pitched a full season, he likely would be closer to the $15MM price range, but instead he projects to get a less than $1MM pay increase.