The Brewers have been linked to third baseman Justin Turner multiple times over the past few offseasons. This year, they again missed out on signing him as he has agreed to terms with the Boston Red Sox. That being said, third base is an area that the Brewers could still be looking to upgrade at. Here are three free agent options that are available.
Brewers third base free agent target #1: Brandon Drury
Drury had a breakout year in 2022. He started off as a member of the Reds and finished with the Padres. The 30 year old belted 28 home runs and had a 123 wRC+. Spotrac has Drury’s market value at $9.3MM, but given that Justin Turner signed for two years and just under $22MM, it seems more likely that he will get an AAV in the double digits.
Brewers third base free agent target #2: Evan Longoria
Longoria is 37 years old and desires to play for a contender in 2023. The veteran posted a 122 wRC+ in 2021 and 115 in 2022. He’s been limited to 80-89 games in each of the last two seasons, but has been effective at the plate when healthy. Spotrac has his market value projected at $5.2MM.
Brewers third base free agent target #3: Brian Anderson
Anderson was non-tendered by the Marlins in November. He was projected to make $5.3MM in arbitration this offseason. His ability to stay healthy has hindered him each of the past two seasons and as a result he’s been a below average hitter at his position. Fangraphs has him projected to have a 97 wRC+ and 1.5 WAR in 2023.
One area that the Brewers have not been engaged in this offseason is the free agent market. There are options remaining out there if they want to improve at third base. These are not super star players, but the third base free agent class was not that strong to begin with.