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3 Players the Brewers Need to Sign When Free Agency Opens on Thursday

Larry Rupp
Three players the Milwaukee Brewers need to sign when free agency opens on Thursday.
Three players the Milwaukee Brewers need to sign when free agency opens on Thursday. / AP Photos/Morry Gash

The Milwaukee Brewers had a strong lead in the NL Central throughout the summer before they fell apart down the stretch and missed the MLB Playoffs entirely with a 86-76 record. Manager Craig Counsell has remained adamant that the core in place right now is one capable of winning a title.

That may be the case, but it would be smart for the front office to also add some more established pros to the mix. Ones that can help keep the Brewers' World Series window open for years to come. With that being said, here's a look at three players Milwaukee needs to sign when free agency opens.

Milwaukee Brewers Free Agency

1. Willson Contreras, C

Veteran catcher Omar Narvaez enters free agency this offseason, which leaves the Brewers with Victor Caratini as the only starting option for 2023. His career slash line of .232/.316/.352 leaves a lot to be desired with his bat, though. Spending the big bucks to bring in Willson Contreras would provide Milwaukee with a player capable of making an impact both at and behind the plate. Contreras tallied 65 runs scored, 23 doubles, 22 home runs, 55 RBI and 4 stolen bases in 2022 as he earned the third All-Star bid of his career. He also threw out 31.4% of players attempting to steal, which ranked as the fifth-best mark in the NL. Contreras is just the spark Milwaukee needs.

2. Brandon Drury, UTIL

The combination of Luis Urias and Jace Peterson at third base simply did not work out well for the Brewers this past season. Neither one posted an on-base percentage of over .335 or tallied over 47 RBI. It remains a weak spot on the roster that could be immediately addressed with the addition of Brandon Drury. Drury set career-high marks across the board in 2022, tallying 87 runs scored, 31 doubles, 28 home runs and 87 RBI. He has developed a power stroke that would fit in well alongside Christian Yelich and Rowdy Tellez. Of course, Drury is also known for his versatility and can play all over the infield defensively. That only makes his value rise even higher.

3. Matt Moore, RP

Milwaukee is praised around the league for the strength of its starting rotation. However, the team cannot win games unless the relievers that follow those starting pitchers can get the job done. The Brewers' bullpen finished tied for the second-most home runs allowed in 2022 (83). Closer Josh Hader was traded away and now top left-hander Taylor Rogers hits free agency. Matt Moore is a perfect candidate to take over Rogers' role after revitalizing his career this past season. The 33-year-old finished with a 5-2 record, 1.95 ERA and 1.18 WHIP across 63 appearances (73.0 innings). He also averaged a ridiculous 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings and allowed only 3 home runs all year. The key here is signing Moore before interest in him grows.

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