3 Brewers Players Least Likely to Still Be on the Roster by the End of 2020

By michael obermuller
Josh Hader is among the players that could still depart from Milwaukee in the upcoming year.
Josh Hader is among the players that could still depart from Milwaukee in the upcoming year. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images
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Brew Crew faithful, do you even recognize this roster from two years ago? The new core is obviously players like Christian Yelich (signed through 2030), Keston Hiura and Brandon Woodruff, but the supplementary pieces have been totally overhauled.

Particularly in the 2019-20 offseason that just occurred, the Milwaukee Brewers had one of the largest baseball roster turnovers in recent memory, which is something more commonly seen in the NFL. Seemingly no one is safe, well except Yelich, of course. So looking ahead, aside from any new faces that flame out quickly, who else is likely to see their days as a Brewer end in 2020?

3. Devin Williams, P

The young starter, Williams, may not have a place on this Brewers roster.
The young starter, Williams, may not have a place on this Brewers roster. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The pitching prospect was fighting for a major league job this spring, before the delay, and will still hope to factor on the Brewers' big league roster in 2020. Devin Williams faces an uphill battle however, with a plethora of talent in front of him both prospect and veteran. Some names include Adrian Houser, Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta (possible late bullpen role), Brett Anderson, Eric Lauer, Brent Suter, Woodruff and more. The rotation looks unlikely, but if Williams can't win a job as a reliever either, he could end up being trade bait as Milwaukee fights for a playoff spot again this season.

2. Orlando Arcia, SS

Orlando Arcia is on the outs after the Luis Urias trade.
Orlando Arcia is on the outs after the Luis Urias trade. / Will Newton/Getty Images

The writing was on the wall the minute the Brewers made a blockbuster trade with the San Diego Padres this offseason, sending big-time prospect Trent Grisham and starter Zach Davies to San Diego for starter Eric Lauer and shortstop prospect Luis Urias. The move didn't make much sense at the time, but it did tell us that Milwaukee was not committed to Orlando Arcia at short long-term. Arcia is not a bad starting shortstop by any means, but if Urias is half as great as he is expected to be and Hiura continues to dominate at second base, there isn't much room for the veteran middle infielder. He might end up being an easy expense to cut ties with in the near future.

1. Josh Hader, P

Josh Hader can do it all out of the pen, but how long will his rubber arm hold up?
Josh Hader can do it all out of the pen, but how long will his rubber arm hold up? / Will Newton/Getty Images

We have all heard the rumors, and there were a lot of them. It feels as if the Brewers would be okay with dealing Josh Hader while he is pitching at the top of his game. This may not be the worst idea, considering relievers tend to flare out when used as much as Hader has been in recent seasons, but Milwaukee has not been shopping the deadly bullpen arm on the cheap. So far no club has been willing to pay the steep price tag, but as the season eventually gets underway, teams may get more desperate to win a title. If things go South for the Brewers, Hader is likely their most valuable trade chip at the deadline.


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