Devin Williams - $6.5MM projected ($3.35MM in 2023)
2024 will be Devin Williams' second year of arbitration and he is estimated for a pay raise slightly over $3MM. He was the team's primary closer for the first time this year and he secured 36 saves with a 1.53 ERA. It is interesting to compare his year two arbitration projection to what Josh Hader made at the same stage entering 202). At that time Josh Hader made $6.68MM, which is just slightly above Devin Williams' projections.
Rowdy Tellez - $5.9MM projected ($4.95MM in 2023)
2023 was a rough year for Rowdy Tellez. After a solid first month of the season he fell into a slump, lost playing time to players like Owen Miller, Darin Ruf, Luke Voit, and eventually saw Carlos Santana acquired at the trade deadline. He finished the year with a career worst 82 OPS+, .378 slugging percentage, and was left off of the Brewers playoff roster.
Adrian Houser - $5.6MM projected ($3.60MM in 2023)
Entering his final year of arbitration, Adrian Houser is projected to see a $2MM pay increase. The 30-year-old again posted solid numbers as he finished with a 4.12 ERA, 111 innings pitched, and 21 starts. He has covered over 100 innings for Milwaukee in three of the past four seasons (the shortened 2020 season being the lone exception) but now the decision to tender him a contract gets tougher with his projected salary increasing by a large amount.
Eric Lauer - $5.2MM projected ($5.08MM in 2023)
2023 was a year to forget for Eric Lauer. He battled mechanics as well as general inflammation and nerve compression most of the season and spent a lot of time in Arizona and the minor leagues working on things. He had a chance at redemption to pitch a big league game against the Cubs during the final series of the year, but it didn't go well. His final numbers ended up being a 6.56 ERA with 16 home runs surrendered.
Hoby Milner - $1.7MM projected (1.03MM in 2023)
2024 will be Hoby Milner's second year of arbitration. The southpaw put together an incredible 2023 campaign that featured a 1.82 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 73 appearances, and 64.1 innings pitched. His pay raise will be much deserved as he was one of Craig Counsell's favorite relievers to use this season.