The Milwaukee Brewers battled all season and ended up sneaking into the playoffs with a 29-31 record. While they fell, 2-0, to the Dodgers in that series, the team showed a lot of resilience after such a poor start to the season. They head into the offseason with a lot of roster decisions to look into.
This is a Milwaukee team that expects to compete once again in 2021. While they explore big free agent signings or trades, it might be best to look in-house first and decide who stays and who goes. With that in mind, here are three players that will not be on the Brewers roster next season.
1. Brett Anderson
Joining the Brewers on a one-year contract last offseason, Anderson started 10 games this season on his way to a 4-4 record and a 4.21 ERA. As he heads into free agency, it would be smart for the Brewers to avoid re-signing him and rather look to stay young at the starting pitcher position. With solid young arms in Brandon Woodruff, Adrian Houser, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta, the Brewers already have enough depth to field a starting rotation without Anderson. Milwaukee can instead use that money in an attempt to upgrade at a position of need such as first base or catcher.
2. Ryan Braun
As a staple in the Brewers outfield for his entire career, Braun enters the offseason with a $15 million team option. The Brewers are unlikely to pick that up, and it leaves Braun with limited options. He can try and negotiate a team-friendly deal and stay on the roster knowing he would likely not be an everyday player or he can test the waters in free agency. It's also possible he retires from baseball. Unless Braun comes back for little money, the team should move on from the veteran outfielder and use the money saved to go acquire a big name free agent.
3. Josh Hader
Yes, Josh Hader is one of the best relievers in baseball. Yes, it would be surprising to see the Brewers trade him. However, his value may not ever be as high as it is right now again. Hader is a player that would bring back true value for the Brewers and help improve their weakening farm system (Ranked No. 26 in the MLB). In the end, Hader's price in arbitration will only continue to increase and may become a luxury the team cannot afford. If the Brewers can get a package of prospects and major league players in return for Hader, it may be time to trade the all-star reliever whose velocity and strikeout rates both decreased in 2020.
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