Will the Crew finally go all in?
The other option is for the Brewers is to bring back Burnes, Woodruff, and Adames. Then they go out and have the offseason like they did in 2011.
Prince Fielder was set to be a free agent after that season. Former general manager Doug Melvin went out and acquired Zack Grienke and Shaun Marcum to give the Crew a shot at winning the World Series.
The Brewers came close to winning it that year.
This might be another offseason to push the chips to the center and go all in.
Only this time, Matt Arnold needs to acquire some bats. The Brewers’ offense has been holding the club back in the playoffs for the last three trips.
A self-imposed salary cap from Attanasio is a big reason the Brewers lineup has been poor. He does not need to spend a ton of money to be all in 2024.
It is not like the Brewers have to jump into the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. The club has the prospects to pull off some major trades.
Arnold could check in with his former boss, David Stearns, at the Mets to see what it would take to get Pete Alonso. Arnold tried to acquire slugger Eloy Jimenez from the Chicago White Sox at the trade deadline. It would be worth it to circle back to see what it would cost to acquire him.
The risk is the Milwaukee Brewers will have to mortgage the future only to come up short in the postseason. It happened in 2011 and it took the franchise seven seasons to get back to October.
Also, Arnold could choose to run it back and if the club is not in contention before next year’s trade deadline, he can trade Burnes, Woodruff, and Adames then.
He might not get the value for those three like he would in the offseason, but Arnold would still be able to get something back.