Last year the Brewers rebuilt the roster and reached the postseason for the third straight year, despite having a losing record in 2020. Now they are poised for another winter of change after letting a number of veteran players go in the interest of financial flexibility entering an uncertain offseason.
“We don’t know what the environment is going to be as we do plan for a Spring Training in the 2021 season, so we have to remain flexible,” Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said in the week following the World Series. “And that desire for flexibility has likely contributed to some of the decisions we’ve seen throughout the industry.”
More Offensive Production
In 2020, the Brewers set many franchise records for offensive shortfalls including the lowest batting average and highest strikeout rates in club history. Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain will be seeking different kinds of comebacks as the Brewers prepare for 2021. First, third, catcher, and shortstop are all question marks going into the offseason. Cain opted out of playing last season, Yelich was not producing his superstar numbers in 2020. Omar Narvaez made his MLB debut at catcher, but slashed only .176/.294/.269. Is this enough to remain their catcher of the future? Which option will the Brewers go with for shortstop and third?
Since Prince Fielder left nearly a decade ago, the Brewers have had a hard time filling the first base position, minus a few seasons from Eric Thames. With the departures of Ryan Braun, Jedd Gyorko, Ryon Healy, and, before that, Justin Smoak and Logan Morrison, they have no one to fill this position internally. It appears they don’t have any prospects in the pipeline for this position either. The club flirted with the idea of working out Keston Hiura at first base after releasing Smoak in September, but that never materialized.
Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes are at the top of the rotation that is in a better spot than the organization has been going into other off-seasons. Adrian Houser is still developing, while Josh Lindblom provides a veteran back-end starter. Their bullpen is solid with Josh Hader and a few other capable arms. But the aim of every team is to improve its pitching depth every offseason.
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