The much anticipated tender deadline has passed. This year the Milwaukee Brewers had a lot of decisions to make for 18 players were arbitration eligible. By the time the deadline passed, the Crew ended up retaining 14 players. They avoided arbitration with two players, departed with four, and gained a new pitcher.
Here is a breakdown of today’s events.
Willy Adames, Mike Brosseau, Victor Caratini, Keston Hiura, Hunter Renfroe, Rowdy Tellez, Luis Urias, Corbin Burnes, Eric Lauer, Hoby Milner, Devin Williams, and Brandon Woodruff.
Matt Bush at $1.85MM and Adrian Houser at $3.6MM.
Trevor Gott, Jandel Gustave, and Luis Perdomo.
Claimed off waivers (by another team)
Acquired via trade with the Rays for PTBNL
Of the 12 players tendered contracts, the Brewers now have time to continue to negotiate their pay with them. If the two sides are unable to agree on a 2023 season salary they will go to a hearing. A court will then determine the players salary.
The players that were non-tendered now become free agents. They are free to sign with any team. On the flip side, the Brewers will now be looking to sign players from other teams who were non-tendered.
Brent Suter, formally the longest tenured Brewer, was claimed by the Colorado Rockies. He agreed on a $3.0MM salary for the 2023 season. Next year will be Suter’s last season of arbitration and he can become a free agent in 2024.
Lastly, Javy Guerra will join the Brewers. He is a 27 year old right-handed reliever. Unfortunately, he has no minor league options remaining, but he does throw in the upper 90s. Last year his sinker and fastball averaged out at 98 MPH. In terms of off speed, he throws a slider. It will be interesting to see what kind of role he can carve out in the Brewers bullpen.