As the Brewers’ offseason for 2021 and 2022 approaches, they have to be satisfied with how things went in 2021. Before the season, few expected them to win the NL Central, much less run away with it the way they did. That should make for an interesting 2021-22 MLB offseason, although that depends on how the Brewers offseason needs are addressed.
Like all teams, players that are upcoming Milwaukee Brewers free agents that must be addressed before they hit the open market. There are plenty of other questions to be answered and moves to be made during the 2021-22 MLB offseason. Keep in mind that Milwaukee usually isn’t among the biggest spenders during the winter.
Brewers Offseason Needs
The good news is that the Brewers have a strong core in place that can set them up for success in 2022. But there is still a lot of room for improvement if the Brewers hope to win their first World Series in franchise history.
That being said, let’s look closer at the biggest Brewers offseason needs that should be addressed this winter.
Luis Urias ended up spending a lot of time at third base this year despite being a natural middle infielder. He was suitable in that role, although he may not have the bat to measure up to the average third baseman over the long haul.
The Brewers got Eduardo Escobar, who’s now a free agent, to help at third base late in the season and they now have to consider a more permanent replacement. Urias could serve as a useful utility infielder or a nice trade chip, but the Brewers have to consider alternatives at third base.
But are any of them a full-time solution?
Hiura had a dreadful season and is now two years removed from his breakout 2019 campaign.
Meanwhile, Tellez and Vogelbach are both left-handed hitters who have power but offer little else and probably work better in a platoon situation. Unless they want to take another chance on Hiura, the Brewers need to explore their other options and at least find a right-handed platoon player at first base, especially with the DH most likely coming to the National League.
The Brewers likely need an upgrade to their outfield with center field being the most likely place.
Both have one year left on their contracts, so perhaps the Brewers can find a way to trade one of them and use the other in a reserve role.
If either is asked to play a significant role in 2022, the Brewers will be taking a serious risk. Either through trade or free agency, they need to find a better option in center field because their offense struggled at times this season with center field being one of the least productive positions on the team.