The Milwaukee Brewers endured a change one year ago as David Stearns stepped down as the man in charge and passed the reins over to Matt Arnold. He was busy during his first offseason and regular season as GM and made 56 moves impacting the major league roster.
During his first offseason he swung several trades that included parting ways with infielder Kolten Wong, outfielder Hunter Renfroe, and bringing in catcher William Contreras. According to Bill Felber at Call To The Pen there is one statistic that shows Matt Arnold being the most impactful GM over the last calendar year.
One statistic shows that Milwaukee Brewers Matt Arnold was the most impactful GM over the last year.
The statistic used by Bill Felber was Wins Above Average (WAA). Overall Matt Arnold’s deals brought in a +5.9 game impact. No other GM finished above a +2.8 WAA.
Acquired by trade, waiver claim or purchase:
- Since October 2022, 17 players, +1.4 net impact
Signed as a free agent or extended for multiple seasons:
- Since October 2022, 15 players, -1.1 net impact
- Since October 2022, 9 players, +0.1 net impact
Traded away, waived, sold, released or lost to free agency
Since October 2022, 16 players, +5.5 net impact
One major move that Matt Arnold made was acquiring William Contreras and Joel Payamps in the same trade. He jumped in as the third team in a big deal that sent Sean Murphy to Atlanta. The cost for Milwaukee was Esteury Ruiz. Here is how that trade resulted in a net +4.6 WAA for the Brewers.
In December, Arnold hooked up with the Oakland A’s and Atlanta Braves in a three-team swap that landed catcher William Contreras (+1.8) in Milwaukee. The Brewers also got reliever Joel Payamps (+0.9). The cost: merely outfielder Esteury Ruiz (-1.9), who went to Oakland. Net impact on the Brewers: +4.6 WAA.
Other trades with positive impacts were Mark Canha (+0.3) and Carlos Santana (+0.4). He also knew who to trade away as the Kolten Wong trade ended up more disastrous for the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels ended up putting Hunter Renfroe on waivers.
It will be interesting to see what Matt Arnold all does during his second season with the Brewers. This offseason he is faced with key players cost in arbitration rising, team control on Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Willy Adames nearing an end, and potentially having to find a new manager.
Matt Arnold’s impactful decisions as the GM have significantly influenced the Milwaukee Brewers’ trajectory. His strategic moves and trades have set the team on a promising path. Dive deeper into his achievements and the Brewers’ future prospects in our Milwaukee Brewers News section.
Frequently Asked Questions
The general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers is Matt Arnold, who has been recently promoted to the position of senior vice president and general manager. This announcement showcases the team's trust in Arnold's capabilities to lead their operations.
Brewers general manager last year was Matt Arnold. He has served as the team's general manager since October 2020, overseeing the team's operations and transactions. Matt Arnold brings extensive experience in baseball operations, and he played a crucial role in shaping the Brewers' roster during the previous season.
On October 27, 2022, the Brewers made an announcement, revealing that President of Baseball Operations David Stearns would be transitioning into an advisory role with ownership. As a result, General Manager Matt Arnold would be assuming the responsibilities of baseball operations for the team.