The Milwaukee Brewers have decided on the fate of 12 arbitration eligible players within their organization. Their decision to tender (retain) nine players and let go (non-tender) three others came in correspondence with the non-tender deadline, which was Friday November 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Nine Milwaukee Brewers players were tendered contracts for the 2024 season, three others were non-tendered and became free agents.
Nine players were tendered contracts for the 2024 season. They include Corbin Burnes, Willy Adames, Adrian Houser, Hoby Milner, Devin Williams, Tyrone Taylor, Bryse Wilson, Joel Payamps, and newcomer Jake Bauers. Jake Bauers was acquired via trade from the New York Yankees a few hours before the non-tender deadline. He is in his first year of arbitration.
The three players that instantly became free agents were Brandon Woodruff, Rowdy Tellez, and J.C. Mejia. Brandon Woodruff, who recently underwent shoulder surgery, is projected to make over $11.00 MM in 2024, and was linked to trade rumors earlier, is the most impactful non-tender. Rowdy Tellez was a fan favorite, but he was projected to make over $5.00 MM in his final year of arbitration and is coming off of a down season.
Lastly it is worth mentioning that two other arbitration eligible players previously were either traded or outrighted. Earlier in the week Abraham Toro was dealt to the Oakland Athletics for right-handed starting pitcher Chad Patrick. Additionally Eric Lauer was outrighted several weeks ago and he elected free agency.
The next big date on the MLB off-season calendar is Winter Meetings. These take place in early December. During those few days several trades and signings tend to occur, but players and organization can make transactions whenever they wish at this point.
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