Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Eric Lauer has officially elected free agency. He was placed on waivers last week, went unclaimed, and was outrighted to Triple-A. With having more than three years of MLB service time he had the right to refuse that assignment. He did elect to do this and now is officially a free agent.
How did Eric Lauer perform throughout his Milwaukee Brewers tenure?
Eric Lauer joined the Brewers via trade in 2019. He came over to Milwaukee along with infielder Luis Urias in which he was traded to the Boston Red Sox earlier this year. On the other side San Diego received Trent Grisham and Zach Davies. This trade was infamously criticized after the Padres saw immediate benefits and the Brew Crew did not until a few years afterwards.
As for Eric Lauer’s four seasons with Milwaukee he finished with a 4.22 ERA over 60 starts and 355 innings. He was excellent in 2021 (3.19 ERA in 20 starts) and 2022 (3.69 ERA in 29 starts), but struggled mightily in 2020 (13.09 ERA) and 2023 (6.56 ERA) with home runs being a major issue. In a Brewers uniform he allowed 61 total home runs.
Despite having good upside when healthy and firing on all cylinders, between having no minor league options and a projected 2024 salary over $5.00 MM (arbitration) it didn’t make sense for the Brewers to retain him on the 40-man roster. He now will be looking for another organization to take a flier on him. Given his up and downs seasons it will be interesting to see if he receives a major or minor league deal this winter.
Eric Lauer, once a key pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, has officially chosen free agency. As the Brewers navigate this transition, stay updated on all team-related events and news. For comprehensive coverage and the latest updates, visit our Milwaukee Brewers News section.
Frequently Asked Questions
Eric Lauer is dealing with injuries and has been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville after clearing waivers. He struggled during his 2023 season with the Brewers, posting a 6.56 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 46.2 innings in 10 appearances.
Eric Lauer earns an annual salary of $5.075MM after agreeing to arbitration terms for the 2023 season. Over the previous two seasons, he pitched for the Brewers, totaling 277 1/3 innings with a 3.47 ERA. In this time, he struck out 23.8% of batters faced and showcased a walk rate of 8.7%.
Eric Lauer currently pitches for the Milwaukee Brewers. He has been a key contributor to their pitching staff, showcasing his skills and potential. With his impressive stats, Lauer is an asset to the team and continues to make a significant impact on the field.