The Brewers were quite busy this offseason in what was the first few months of new GM Matt Arnold calling the shots. Arnold executed a handful of trades during this time, made waiver wire claims, a Rule-5 draft selection, and signed three free agents. With lots of new faces coming in, there are some familiar ones among the crowd. Here are four players that have returned to the Brewers organization for the 2023 season.
1) Payton Henry – Catcher
Henry was originally drafted by the Brewers in 2016. He ended up being traded to the Marlins at the 2021 deadline for reliever John Curtiss. In what was Arnold’s first trade, he brought Henry back to the Brew Crew in exchange for 17 year old prospect Reminton Batista. Henry is currently a member of the 40-man roster and has two minor league options remaining.
2) Alex Claudio – Pitcher
Claudio previously spent two years with Milwaukee (2020-2021) in which he led the league in appearances (83) during his most recent tenure. Over the past two seasons Claudio has pitched in the Angels and Mets organizations with just 36 innings worth of Major League playing time. His 2023 deal with the Brewers is a minor league contract.
3) Wade Miley – Pitcher
Left-handed starting pitcher Wade Miley last pitched for the Brewers during their magical 2018 season. The Brewers signed him to a one year contract with a 2024 club option earlier this offseason. He was limited to just eight starts last year as a member of the Cubs, but figures to be a back end of the starting rotation pitcher for Milwaukee this season.
4) Monte Harrison – Outfielder
Harrison, who was a part of the Christian Yelich trade package, was originally drafted by the Brewers in 2014. Strikeouts have been the speedy outfielders biggest downfall throughout his career that is limited to just 50 Major League games. He elected to return to Milwaukee on a minor league contract that includes an invite to Major League camp.
It will be interesting to see how each of these players do during their first season back with the Brewers.