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3 Free Agents the Brewers Must Avoid This Offseason

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 28:   Craig Kimbrel #24 of the Chicago Cubs in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 28, 2019 in New York City. The Cubs defeated the Mets 10-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Brewers were the talk of the baseball world for the final month of the 2019 campaign, as they went on an unprecedented run down the stretch to clinch a spot in the NL Wild Card Game, all without injured MVP Christian Yelich.

The majority of the Brew Crew's core will return come 2020, but they might intend to make a splash in free agency this offseason to round out their squad. They just need to avoid making the mistake of signing these three players.

3. Josh Donaldson

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 04: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves hits an RBI single off Jack Flaherty #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning in game two of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 04, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Divisional Series - St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves - Game Two | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Anybody else out there think that Donaldson's bounce-back 2019 campaign was a fluke? The vet slugger clubbed 37 home runs and drove in 94 runs in the middle of the Braves lineup, but let's remember that we are talking about a significantly injury prone player here. Donaldson's 2019 season was his best, by a long shot, since 2016. Mike Moustakas has elected to enter the free agency waters, but that decision shouldn't persuade Milwaukee to go out fishing for Donaldson, who is on the back nine of his career.

2. Cole Hamels

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 16: Starting pitcher Cole Hamels #35 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on September 16, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs | Quinn Harris/Getty Images

The Brewers will likely be pursuing another starter to compliment their rotation, but Cole Hamels should NOT be their answer. After all, there are guys like Zack Wheeler, Jake Odorizzi, Madison Bumgarner and Dallas Keuchel on the market. Hamels' 2019 season wasn't terrible by any stretch of the imagine, but at 35 years old he's better served at the backend of a rotation.

1. Craig Kimbrel

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 21: Craig Kimbrel #24 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after giving up a home run to Paul DeJong #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning of a game at Wrigley Field on September 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
St Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs | Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

We could go on for hours about the cons of signing Kimbrel, but we'll stick to the fact that he's nowhere near the same force out of the bullpen that he once was and he will likely cost A LOT of money. Further, Kimbrel's track record in the postseason is anything but reassuring as he logged a 6.18 ERA in the 2018 postseason with the Red Sox, while struggling to find the strike zone on a consistent basis. Add the fact that the was brutal for the Cubs in 2019 (when he wasn't hurt), and the Brewers should be convinced to fade Kimbrel from their offseason plans.