Previewing the Milwaukee Brewers’ 2021-22 offseason

Eduardo Escobar is one of several Brewers free agents. Photo from The Athletic.

With the 2021 and 2022 holiday season approaching the Brewers should be satisfied with the way things went in 2021. Before the season, few expected to win the NL Central race, let alone run away from it the way they did. That should lead to an interesting 2021-22 MLB season, although that depends on how the Brewers offseason needs are met.

Like all teams, upcoming players are Milwaukee Brewers’ free agents that must be tackled before they reach the open market. There are plenty of other questions to be answered and moves to be made during the 2021-22 MLB season. Keep in mind that Milwaukee isn’t usually among the biggest spenders during the winter.

Brewers needs Offseason

The good news is that the Brewers have a strong core that could set them up for success in 2022. But there is still plenty of room for improvement if the Brewers hope to win their first ever World Championship in franchise history.

However, let’s take a closer look at the Brewers’ biggest offseason needs to be addressed this winter.

third rule

Luis Jureas ended up spending a lot of time at third base this year despite being a natural midfielder. He was a good fit in the role, even though he might not have the bat to measure the average third baseman in the long run.

The Brewers got Eduardo Escobar, now a free agent, to help out at third base late in the season and now have to consider a more permanent alternative. Urias can be a useful handy player or a good commercial chip, but brewers have to consider alternatives in third base.

first rule

If nothing else, the Brewers have a few interior options at first base with Rowdy Tellez, Daniel Vogelbach and Keston Hiura.

But are any of them a full-time solution?

Hiura has had an awful season and is now two years into his successful 2019 campaign.

Meanwhile, Tellez and Vogelbach are both left-handed batsmen who have power but deliver little and probably do better in the case of a platoon. Unless they want to take another opportunity at Hiura, The Brewers need to explore their other options and at least find a right-hand platoon player at first base, especially with the possibility of the DH making it to the National League.

center field

Brewers will likely need an upgrade to their stadium with central field being the most likely location.

The hope is that Christian Yelich can return for next season while Milwaukee should be satisfied with Avicel Garcia on the right field.

However, Jackie Bradley Jr. had an offensively horrific season while Lorenzo Cain continued to decline at the age of 35.

Both have one year left in their contracts, so maybe the brewers can find a way to trade one and use the other in a backup role.

If either of them is asked to play a significant role in 2022, the brewers will take a big risk. Either through trade or free agency, they need to find a better option in midfield as their attack has struggled at times this season with the midfield being one of the least productive in the team.

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