Brandon Woodruff is predicted to spend most, if not all, of subsequent season rehabbing from a shoulder surgical procedure. He will not be doing so in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform.
The Brewers announced Friday they’d not tender Woodruff a contract in his closing season of arbitration eligibility, making him a free agent a yr sooner than beforehand anticipated. First baseman Rowdy Tellez and reliever J.C. Mejía noticed an analogous destiny.
The choice principally meant the Brewers did not suppose it was price it to maintain Woodruff for 2024 in gentle of his damage, as salaries acquired in arbitration mirror previous efficiency relatively than anticipated efficiency for the following season. MLB Trade Rumors projected Woodruff to obtain $11.6 million arbitration this offseason.
The Brewers might have stored him on a multiyear deal to provide him a possibility to rehab and return in acquainted environment, however they apparently could not discover a deal that labored. The crew went so far as releasing a statement from common supervisor Matt Arnold to acknowledge the pitcher’s which means to the crew after non-tendering him:
“At the moment we needed to make a really tough determination regarding among the best pitchers and human beings in franchise historical past. All through his 10 seasons within the group, Brandon Woodruff has represented the Brewers with class, kindness, coronary heart and toughness. He’s acknowledged as an incredible teammate, each on the sector and in the neighborhood, the place he and his spouse, Jonie, have positively impacted so many lives round them. We stay very open to his return to Milwaukee, and no matter what uniform he wears subsequent, Woody will at all times be a member of the Brewers household.”
Woodruff will probably now pursue that multiyear cope with one other crew, and he ought to have some takes primarily based on his current efficiency.
The proper-hander ranks fourth amongst all certified MLB pitchers with a 2.76 ERA across the past four seasons, and ninth with a 3.13 FIP. In as we speak’s pitching-starved MLB, a two-time All-Star pitcher on an affordable deal is a tantalizing prospect, even when you’ll probably have to attend a yr earlier than reaping the rewards.