What is the Milwaukee Brewers payroll this 2024 season?

The Brewers payroll dropped from 2023 to 2024
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The Brewers payroll is a constant point of discussion among many in the fanbase. Some say it's too low, some say it's just fine, but no matter what, it's going to draw some strong reactions.

Principal owner Mark Attanasio has seen payrolls rise to record levels, but then also fall back down. The Brewers ran a payroll of around $126MM for their roster last season and that payroll has dropped for 2024.

While the true payroll is subject to change with in-season additions, especially trade deadline acquisitions, the rough estimate at this point is pretty clear.

Brewers 2024 total payroll: $107.6MM

It's just a shade over 100 million dollars in payroll for the Brewers roster this season. The departure of big money players like Corbin Burnes and Mark Canha made that possible, as well as the non-tender of Brandon Woodruff with a new contract at a much lower rate in 2024 while he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Who is the highest paid Brewers player in 2024?

Christian Yelich is still the highest paid Brewers player. He's earning $26MM this year as he will every year on the remainder of his contract, which runs through 2028.

The next highest paid Brewer is Willy Adames with a $12.25MM salary in his 3rd and final year of arbitration. Adames will reach free agency after the 2024 season, where he is expected to land a lucrative long-term contract elsewhere.

Rhys Hoskins is the 3rd highest paid Brewers player. He signed a two year, $34MM deal this winter that carries a $12MM salary in 2024.

Wade Miley and Devin Williams round out the top five in Brewers individual salaries, with both pitchers earning $7MM this year.

Moving down from there, there's a group of seven players that have base salaries in the range of $2MM-$6MM. That group includes Freddy Peralta, Colin Rea, Gary Sanchez, Brandon Woodruff, Jackson Chourio, Hoby Milner, and Jakob Junis. Most of these players have performance incentives built into their contracts that could be added on top of their base salaries but are not guaranteed.

Considering this is nearly a $20MM drop from last year's payroll, the Brewers are expected to have plenty of available dollars to add payroll during the trade deadline. Attanasio has stated multiple times that he always has some extra cash available to increase payroll and support a playoff push mid-season and has consistently bought at the Deadline in recent years.

The Brewers are a young team, with 13 members of the active 26 man roster that are pre-arbitration, meaning they're earning near league-minimum. That's a part of the reason why the payroll decreased from last year to this year.

All contract information courtesy of Spotrac.