4. RHP Nick Martinez
Next up on the list is the 33 year old Nick Martinez. Having spent four seasons with the Texas Rangers, Martinez was out of the majors from 2017 to 2022, where the San Diego Padres picked him up.
He spent most of the last two seasons as a relief pitcher but has started 19 games during his time on the West Coast. This means he could be a useful option for the Brewers to bring into the rotation, but also keep him as a relief option should he be needed.
Last season he finished with a 6-4 record and a 3.43 ERA. Across his career in the majors he has a 4.31 ERA and if brought in on just a one or two-year deal, he could be of use to the Brewers. With many young pitching prospects expected to arrive in Milwaukee in the coming seasons, you need a solid arm in your rotation so the young pitchers can be slowly integrated into the rotation.
In 2023 he earned $10MM and the Padres turned down his club option of $16m and Martinez turned down his player options at $8MM.
This could mean he is looking for more than the $8MM but it also may be him wanting out following his club options being declined. It will be interesting to see how the pitching market sets up but Martinez should be an option for the Brewers.