In theory, the Milwaukee Brewers have the ninth inning locked down.
Devin Williams has taken over the closer spot now that Josh Hader has departed, a role that he appeared to be waiting for for years. However, he was not exactly a lockdown option in the ninth, struggling with his command as he blew two saves and accounted for three losses over those final two months. As a whole, the Brewers bullpen and their struggles were the biggest reason as to why they missed the postseason.
This could also be the perfect moment to look for a bargain in free agency. One such pitcher is out there in Craig Kimbrel, the former lockdown closer who has mostly struggled since leaving the Red Sox after the 2019 season.
Kimbrel may not appear to be much of an upgrade. He had posted a 3.75 ERA and a 1.317 WHiP in his 60 innings, notching 22 saves while striking out 72 batters and issuing 28 walks. He is not the same pitcher he had been, his struggles late last season getting to the point where he was left off the Dodgers playoff roster.
But he could also be a perfect buy low candidate for the Brewers. They have been able to rebuild other pitchers in the past and Kimbrel does have a track record of success. The Brewers could potentially give Kimbrel something he may not get elsewhere – a chance to close next season. A one year deal where he looks to rebuild his value would be a great fit for both sides.
The Milwaukee Brewers bullpen needs work. Taking a flyer on Craig Kimbrel could give the Brewers the piece they need.