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The Milwaukee Brewers are talking with top outfield prospect Jackson Chourio about a landmark contract that could influence the direction of their offseason and the makeup of their 2024 roster, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Chourio has played just six games above Double-A, and a new deal would establish a new standard for players with no major-league experience who already were under team control. His deal would be longer and guarantee him more money than the six-year, $50 million deal that outfielder Luis Robert Jr. signed with the Chicago White Sox in January of 2020. Chourio doesn't turn 20 until March 11 but is already widely considered one of the two top prospects in the game alongside Orioles shortstop Jackson Holliday. If a deal is struck, it would likely ensure that Chourio would be in Milwaukee's Opening Day lineup in 2024.
One executive has speculated that the Los Angeles Dodgers could make an attempt to land both Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes and shortstop Willy Adames in the same deal this offseason. Both Burnes and Adames are eligible for free agency next offseason. The Dodgers are fully expected to pursue starting pitching in the offseason with Walker Buehler (elbow) coming off Tommy John surgery and with Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) on the open market. LA is likely to pursue both Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Shohei Ohtani (elbow), the two big-ticket free-agent options this winter, but Ohtani won't be able to take the mound at all in 2024. The Brewers are heading into a rebuilding phase and are listening on all of their players.
Former Houston Astros reliever Enoli Paredes has signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, which includes an invitation to major league spring training. The 29-year-old righty posted a 4.80 ERA, 1.528 WHIP, and 66:45 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings (52 appearances) with Triple-A Sugarland last season. He also owns a 3.90 ERA and 1.825 WHIP over 32 1/3 major league innings with the Astros. He will provide some solid organizational depth for Milwaukee.
Former Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jared Koenig has signed a minor-league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, which includes an invitation to spring training. The 29-year-old left-hander posted a 3.81 ERA, 1.695 WHIP, and 70:29 K/BB ratio over 59 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season and will provide some organizational depth for Milwaukee. He worked 39 1/3 innings with the Athletics back in 2022 but mostly struggled with a 5.72 ERA and 1.398 WHIP over 10 appearances (five starts).
The Milwaukee Brewers acquired first baseman/outfielder Jake Bauers from the New York Yankees on Friday in exchange for outfielders Jace Avina and Brian Sanchez. Bauers' versatility in the outfield and at first base is nice, but he just hasn't done much offensively in his four major-league seasons to this point with the Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Guardians, Seattle Mariners and Yankees, slashing .211/.302/.361 with 39 home runs, 140 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 412 games played. In 84 games in pinstripes in 2023, he hit just .202 (49-for-242) with a career-high-tying 12 homers, 15 doubles, 30 RBI, three stolen bases and 28 runs scored in 272 plate appearances. The left-handed-hitting 28-year-old will attempt to win the majority of playing time at first base from Rowdy Tellez in Milwaukee in 2024.