Predicting the 2024 Milwaukee Brewers 26-man Opening Day roster

WIth spring training officially started, here's our first crack at what the roster will look like by Opening Day.

Jul 2, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Willy Adames (27) greets
Jul 2, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Willy Adames (27) greets / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Earlier today, Milwaukee Brewers pitchers and catchers officially reported to the team's spring training complex in Arizona. And with that, the 2023-24 offseason officially came to a close.

Despite the dead periods at the beginning of the offseason, the Brewers finally ended up making moves. Some of those moves added firepower to an offense that was in need of it, while another guaranteed a new Opening Day starting pitcher for the first time since 2021.

There is still well over a month before the 2024 regular season kicks off, but it's never too early to start asking questions about what the Opening Day roster against the Mets will end up looking like. Where do the new guys slot in? What will the new look rotation end up being? Let's try to predict some answers to those questions.

Here is the first prediction of the 2024 Milwaukee Brewers 26-man Opening Day roster.

Catchers - William Contreras, Eric Haase, Gary Sanchez

Carrying three catchers would go against the norm for the Brewers, who have generally carried just two backstops at a time in recent seasons. But as Milwaukee looks for an extra infusion of offense in 2024, there's a reason they might go with a trio, at least to start the season.

Contreras, arguably the offensive MVP for the Crew in 2023, will obviously be the leader of the group. Behind him, the Brewers signed Eric Haase hoping to see him regain his 2021-22 form (36 homers, 105 RBIs combined) and agreed to a deal with Gary Sanchez banking on his regular run production (173 career homers).

Should both players make the Opening Day roster, it would likely be with Haase as the backup catcher and Sanchez at DH, giving the Brewers some flexibility with the group. However, while Sanchez should be a lock to make the roster with his reported $7MM contract, if Haase doesn't perform well enough in the spring, he and his $1MM contract could be expendable, bringing the Crew back to two catchers.