2023 Milwaukee Brewers MLB season predictions, odds and preview

Milwaukee Brewers 2023 Season Preview

The Milwaukee Brewers fell two wins short of making the playoffs for a fifth straight season. If they had, they would have had more playoff appearances in the last five seasons than they had in the previous 49 seasons combined. Alas, it was not to be, as the Brewers finished a game behind the Phillies and a potential tiebreaker was never needed.

The Phillies went on to be the National League champs and the Brewers were left to do a lot of soul searching. It was a weird season in a lot of ways, especially around the Trade Deadline when David Stearns and Matt Arnold sent Josh Hader to the Padres with Milwaukee in first place in the NL Central.

That move led some to wonder whether or not Stearns would go to Queens and enjoy the fruits of a seemingly endless cash flow as an executive with the Mets. He resigned as the President of Baseball Operations, but remained in an advisory role with the Brewers. His contract with the team ends after this season, at which point he could be on the move.

The Brewers operate under stricter financial constraints than most. It is one of the smallest markets in baseball and their media reach gets cut down by proximity to Chicago and Minneapolis. What they’ve done to be as good as they have is a testament to player development and the willingness of owner Mark Attansio to spend at the outer limits of his reach. The Brewers were 30th in payroll in both 2016 and 2017, but as the team hit a window of contention, the payroll spiked.

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