The Milwaukee Brewers non-tendered three players at this year’s deadline. Leaving the Brew Crew was Brandon Woodruff, Rowdy Tellez, and J.C. Mejia. Across the league 63 total players were not given contracts and are now free agents. Here are three pitchers who Milwaukee could look to target.
Three non-tendered pitchers that the Milwaukee Brewers could consider targeting.
- RHP Spencer Turnbull
2023 was Spencer Turnbull’s first year pitching in the big leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery in July of 2021. His return did not go as planned as he gave up 25 earned runs over 31 innings pitched, missed substantial time with a neck issue, and struggled in the minor leagues as well. Prior to getting injured in 2021 he was in the middle of a breakout season that consisted of a 2.88 over his first nine starts with the Detroit Tigers.
Over five seasons with the Tigers he had several ups and downs and rather than pay him around the estimated $2.40 MM that he was due they non-tendered him. He is an intriguing option for Milwaukee to consider because they need starting pitching depth and he has one minor league option remaining.
- RHP Dakota Hudson
Dakota Hudson, who has spent the last six seasons with the division rival St. Louis Cardinals, is another starting pitcher that is available. During his Cardinals tenure he posted a 3.84 ERA. Prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery in September of 2020 he had a career 3.17 ERA. Since returning his ERA has been 4.55.
MLB Trade Rumors has Dakota Hudson’s 2024 salary projected to be $3.70 MM. His value as a free agent will be less than that, so he could potentially be a low-risk high reward signing. It would not be surprising to hear the Milwaukee Brewers mentioned as a team in the mix for him.
LHP Tim Hill
One area that Milwaukee lacked depth in a season ago was left-handed relievers. Hoby Milner was the lone guy for the vast majority of the season. Southpaw Justin Wilson was injured before making his first appearance and Andrew Chafin did not pan out as expected.
Tim Allen, who is an experienced reliever, had his worst statistical season of his career in 2023 as he had a 5.48 ERA. Throughout his career with the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres he has a career 4.16 ERA. He had a career best 3.56 ERA in 2022, so returning to that level is not out of the question.
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