What started out as a promising season turned into a nightmare for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2022. Questionable decisions at the trade deadline combined with a lackluster offense down the stretch left the team on the outside looking in on the MLB Playoffs. While other teams are competing for a championship, it's time for the Brewers to start looking toward 2023.
There's no doubt that Milwaukee is going to do everything it can this offseason to keep up with the veteran St. Louis Cardinals and the young Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. The simple fact is that not everyone will be back, though. Here's a look at three Brewers players that will likely depart as free agents.
Milwaukee Brewers 2023 Roster
1. Andrew McCutchen, OF/DH
Andrew McCutchen is nearing the end of his career after 14 years in the majors, and his performance has started to decline as a result. McCutchen slashed only .237/.316/.384 across 134 games this season and was not even part of Milwaukee's regular lineup during the final push for the playoffs. That's because his fielding skills remain subpar as a 36-year-old outfielder/designated hitter and his tendency to strike out ruins potential rallies. The Brewers will likely be in search of a powerful and dangerous DH this offseason, and McCutchen simply doesn't fit that mold.
2. Kolten Wong, INF
This one is tough. Kolten Wong came to Milwaukee after the 2020 season and immediately found his power stroke, posting the two highest home run totals of his career in 2021 and 2022. The only problem is that Keston Hiura is on the roster and is slated to be the second baseman of the future for the franchise. That leaves Wong as a utility/DH option. Wong hasn't shied away from expressing his love for Milwaukee and he could take a pay cut to stick around. The more likely scenario is that the Brewers are outbid by a contender in need of help at second base.
3. Taylor Rogers, RP
One of the bigger pieces to come back in the deadline trade of closer Josh Hader was veteran bullpen arm Taylor Rogers. He was an All-Star in 2021 and many Milwaukee fans thought he would be the perfect setup man for Devin Williams. Rogers failed to live up to those expectations, however, as he posted a 5.48 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP across 23 innings with his new team. Heading into the offseason, Spotrac has Rogers' market value listed at over $13 million. It's hard to imagine the Brewers want to cough up that kind of cash to keep him around. A team in dire need of a closer likely will, though, which means Rogers won't be calling American Family Field home anymore.
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