The Milwaukee Brewers have some needs to fill on the infield and within their pitching staff this offseason, and its possible that they could bring back some familiar names to fill those roles. According to separate reports from baseball’s Winter Meetings, the team is keeping tabs on the free agency of both Mike Moustakas and Wade Miley.
Robert Murray of the Athletic, who also reported that Milwaukee was looking at second baseman Daniel Murphy, has a source who tells him that “it’s possible, but far from done” that Moustakas returns to Milwaukee. The left-handed hitting third baseman hit .265/.326/.441 with 8 homers for a 103 wRC+ and 113 DRC+ following a midseason trade to Milwaukee last season. He declined his half of a $15 mil mutual option after the season to become a free agent. The Brewers’ preference would be to find a second baseman this winter and allow Travis Shaw to move back to his primary position at third base, but Shaw’s ability to play at the keystone could allow for a reunion with Moose if the price is right.
Stearns himself told reporters that he was keeping in contact with Wade Miley’s representatives about potentially re-signing the southpaw starter for 2019. Miley entered last season on a minor league contract and was limited to only 16 starts and 80.2 regular season innings thanks to various injuries, but made the most of those with a 2.57 ERA and 92 DRA-. He was one of Milwaukee’s most valuable starters down the stretch and allowed only two runs in 14.2 innings during the team’s playoff run. Miley and his camp are interested in gauging his worth on the open market first after his excellent bounce back campaign.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball Prospectus and Fangraphs