The Brewers 40-man roster currently stands at 39 players. Matt Arnold has added a lot of new players this off-season. On the flip side, a lot of familiar faces such as Hunter Renfroe, Kolten Wong, and Jace Peterson have already joined new clubs. With just one spot remaining on the 40-man roster, here we will take a look at which players are in danger of losing their 40-man roster spot.
Here are two Brewers players that are in danger of losing their 40-man roster this off-season.
There is one player whose name has come up quite a bit this offseason. That is Keston Hiura. Hiura currently finds himself in a tricky situation. There is no clear path to which Hiura will see consistent playing time in 2023.
At first base, Rowdy Tellez had a career season in 2022 and is inline to be the everyday starter. Jon Singleton was added to the 40-man roster as well. It appears that he will get a chance to back up Tellez and get opportunities as the designated hitter. Christian Yelich, Jesse Winker, and Abraham Toro are all current candidates to see substantial time at DH.
It is possible that the Brewers use Hiura similar to how they did last year. He primarily played against left-handed pitchers. However, his splits indicate that this is not the best way to utilize him. It seems likely that between not having a clear path to playing time and having no minor league options remaining that Hiura will be traded this off-season and removed from the 40-man roster.
On the pitching side, 22 of the 39 players on the 40-man roster are pitchers. One player in danger of losing his spot on the 40-man roster would be Trevor Kelley. Kelley had an ERA greater than 6.00 with the Brewers last year. The Brewers have added a lot of new pitchers this offseason, so Kelley is a depth piece at this point. He wouldn’t be removed unless Arnold pulls the trigger on a transaction in which a 40-man roster spot is needed.
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