With the World Series over, Hot Stove Season is officially underway and the timing couldn’t be better in Milwaukee where Brewers fans are likely cranking up their furnaces after clearing the first snowfall of the season from their cars, sidewalks and driveways.
Brewers President of Baseball Operations David Stearns probably took care of those tasks early Thursday morning in order to get right to work on getting his team ready for another playoff run when pitchers and catchers report to Phoenix to open spring training 105 days from now.
Milwaukee has made two moves already: veteran utility man Hernan Perez elected to become a free agent after he was out-righted to Triple-A San Antonio on Oct. 16 while right-hander Deolis Guerra, who allowed four runs in just 2/3 of an inning against Pittsburgh on July 5 in his only appearance this season, agreed to a big-league contract on Oct. 18.
Those moves left Stearns, who has plenty of decisions to make over the next few weeks, with one open spot on the 40-man roster.
Here’s how the rest of Milwaukee’s roster looks as the calendar flips to November:
Free Agents (8): RHP Matt Albers, LHP Gio Gonzalez, C Yasmani Grandal*, RHP Jay Jackson, RHP Jordan Lyles, 3B Mike Moustakas*, UTL Heran Perez, LHP Drew Pomeranz.
(*-Upon declining 2020 mutual option)
Signed for 2020 (4): OF Ryan Braun, OF Lorenzo Cain, RHP Delois Guerra, OF Christian Yelich
Club Options for 2020 (3): RHP Chase Anderson, 1B Eric Thames, C Manny Pina
Arbitration-eligible (13): SS Orlando Arcia, 1B Tyler Austin, LHP Alex Claudio, RHP Zach Davies, OF Ben Gamel, RHP Junior Guerra, LHP Josh Hader**, RHP Corey Knebel**, RHP Jimmy Nelson,, INF Tyler Saladino, 3B Travis Shaw, UTL Cory Spangenberg, LHP Brent Suter.
(**-Eligible for arbitration due to “Super 2” status)
Pre-arbitration (7): RHP Corbin Burnes, C David Freitas, C Jacob Nottingham, RHP Freddy Peralta, RHP Bobby Wahl**, RHP Taylor Williams, RHP Brandon Woodruff.
(***-Currently on 60-day injured list)
Players eligible to do so were able to file for free free agency on Thursday.
Monday, Nov. 4 marks the next significant date on the league calendar as its deadline for to reinstate players from the 60-day injured list as well as the last day for teams to extend qualifying offers to their eligible free agents.
Monday also marks the end of baseball’s annual “quiet period,” meaning MLB free agents are allowed to sign contracts with teams.
Other notable dates to keep in mind this winter:
Thursday, Nov. 14 – Deadline for players to accept qualifying offers.
Nov. 20 – Deadline to add players to 40-man roster to protect them from Rule 5 Draft.
Dec. 2 – Deadline for teams to offer 2020 contracts to unsigned, arbitration-eligible players.
Dec. 9-12 – Baseball Winter Meetings.
Dec. 12 – Rule 5 Draft.
Jan. 10, 2020 – Teams and players exchange arbitration figures.
Feb. 3, 2020 – Start of arbitration hearings.
Feb. 12, 2020 – Spring Training opens.