In some big news for Brewers’ fans, arbitration was successfully avoided with their star pitchers Brandon Woodruff and Josh Hader. With the NL Central looking winnable, this is key for the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers if they want to be competitive.
The deadline to file arbitration figures was today at noon, and this was followed shortly after with the Brewers announcing they had agreed on deals with Hader and Woodruff.
2021 Milwaukee Brewers: Why It Was So Important
Hader and Woodruff earned their retrospective price tags ($6.675 million for Hader and $3.325 million for Woodruff), after performing consistently for the past few years.
Josh Hader picked up a league-high 13 saves in 2020 while earning All-Star honors in both 2018 and 2019. He finished last year with an ERA of 3.79, striking out 31 hitters in 19 innings.
He also ranked 10th in the MLB’s list of Top Relief Pitchers Right Now, thus making him a fairly expensive reliever option. There were talks of potentially using him as trade bait but nothing has materialized as of yet.
Brandon Woodruff still comes in as a cheap option after falling in the range expected for him. Last year he finished with an ERA of 3.05 and 91 Ks to back up a 2019 season that saw him step up into a starter role more full term. That adjustment saw him become an All-Star for the first time in 2019.
It will be likely that his salary will continue to increase as he continues to develop further but as of now, the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers will be happy with their return.
The arbitration situation has now been dealt with, thus making it time for the Brewers’ front office to find welcome additions to the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers roster.
This has certainly aided them in their pursuit of winning the NL Central, with Hader and Woodruff potentially being supported by Aaron Ashby, Ethan Small, and/or Antoine Kelly (all in their Top 10 Prospects). There is also hope that Christian Yelich regains his form of 2019 to fire them to glory.
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