The Milwaukee Brewers were listed as a potential fit for two of the league’s top 25 free agents. Mark Feinsand, a writer at MLB, indicated that the 17th and 18th ranked free agents both could make sense in a Brewers uniform. Both are power bats in which as a whole the Brew Crew struggled to slug the ball a season ago.
MLB free agents Teoscar Hernandez (Seattle Mariners) and Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia Phillies) were listed as potential fits for the Milwaukee Brewers.
The first player listed, who was ranked as the 17th best free agent, is outfielder/designated hitter Teoscar Hernandez. He spent the 2023 season with the Seattle Mariners. Last off-season Milwaukee traded for Jesse Winker from the Mariners and now this year another 30+ years old outfielder could be an option for them to consider. Spotrac has his market value listed at $16.5 MM per season.
Hernández got off to a sluggish start in his first season with the Mariners, but he turned things around in June, posting solid numbers — 26 home runs and 93 RBIs over 160 games. He has hit at least 25 home runs in each of his past four full seasons and carries a career OPS of .802. Hernández has a strong arm but is considered to be a below-average fielder, with some viewing him as a future DH by his mid-30s.
At 18th overall is first baseman Rhys Hoskins. He missed the 2023 season due to an ACL tear but again could provide some power at a position of need for Milwaukee. It is possible that missing all of last year keeps his price done but for now Spotrac has his average annual value listed at $21.00 MM.
A torn left ACL kept Hoskins out for all of 2023, but the 30-year-old has been a steady power source since breaking into the league in 2017. Hoskins has hit at least 27 home runs in each of his four full seasons, so as long as his knee isn’t an issue, he should be among the top power bats available this offseason.
Both players are established veterans that on paper could substantially help improve the Brewers offense. The free agent market in baseball has been quite active over the past few years, so it will be interesting to see how things shake out this winter but for now their contract estimates seem higher than what Milwaukee historically has been willing to pay. Free agents will officially be able to start talking and signing with teams five days after the conclusion of the World Series.
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