The Milwaukee Brewers made the tough decision to non-tender Brandon Woodruff prior to Friday’s deadline. Reports surfaced that the team was looking to trade him and receive something in return, but ultimately no deal was made. Now for the first time in his career the 30 year old is a free agent.
Prior to being non-tendered Brandon Woodruff’s 2024 projected arbitration salary was over $11.00 MM. He also is recovering from shoulder surgery and potentially may not pitch in 2024. Between entering his final year of team control, his current health status, and being in a small market organization like Milwaukee the decision was made to make him a free agent.
According to Ken Rosenthal, senior writer at The Athletic, Brandon Woodruff’s agent Bo McKinnis has been receiving multiple inquiries about a deal for the currently injured pitcher. Ken Rosenthal also goes on to say that he almost certainly will receive two-year offers.
Former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff is receiving interest from multiple teams (report).
Bo McKinnis had a very positive outlook regarding Brandon Woodruff. This includes his recovery from surgery, free agent market, and ability to return to pitching at a high level.
The outlook on him is outstanding. From everything that Dr. Meister told us, he’s expecting a full recovery.
Ken Rosenthal did not indicate which teams were interested in Brandon Woodruff, but he did say that two year offers are likely to come from more high-revenue teams. He compared a potential deal similar too, but perhaps slightly less, than what Tyler Glasnow got coming off of a Tommy John surgery in which he received a two year, $30.35 MM contract.
Reasons in which Brandon Woodruff may receive slightly less than Tyler Glasnow’s $30.35 MM deal is the fact that pitchers recovering from shoulder surgery to address the capsule are less predictable. In the past pitchers have returned six months after surgery, as late as 18 months, and return to elite level performance is variable.
If Rosenthal’s projections on Brandon Woodruff’s salary for a two year deal are accurate than that likely explains why Milwaukee was not able to come to a terms regarding a deal before the non-tender deadline. It also makes his outlook of returning to the Brewers highly unlikely.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Brandon Woodruff is recognized as a top-tier MLB starting pitcher, consistently delivering strong performances. With an average of 3.2 bWAR over the past five seasons, including an impressive 2.4 bWAR in just 11 starts in 2023, his skill and impact on the game are evident even in shorter seasons, underscoring his exceptional talent.
Brandon Woodruff's annual salary is projected to surpass $11 million. This figure is based on his earnings through the arbitration process, despite the possibility that he may not pitch next season due to circumstances such as injury or roster decisions.
The Milwaukee Brewers selected Brandon Woodruff during the 11th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. This strategic draft pick ultimately led Woodruff to become a prominent pitcher and a two-time All-Star with the team in subsequent years.