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Brewers have big decisions to make with 12 arbitration-eligible players on their roster

Posted at 8:00 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 21:00:21-05

MILWAUKEE -- Friday is going to be a busy day for Milwaukee Brewers General Manager David Stearns, as he will have to decide the fate of twelve current players on his roster. 

With the deadline for arbitration-eligible players being November 30, big names like Travis Shaw, Corey Knebel, Jimmy Nelson, Junior Guerra and others will need contracts by that time, or they will head to free agency. 

The Brewers have already picked-up Jeremy Jeffress' option and re-signed veteran catcher Erik Kratz to a one-year deal. 

As for big names like Travis Shaw, Manny Pina, Corey Knebel and Jimmy Nelson, all of those players are locks to be kept for next season, according to Adam McCalvy.

Based on their big roles and successes, they will all get significant raises too. 

Currently, the Brewers have $70 million committed to nine players under contract for next year. Names like Jonathan Schoop are still a big question mark for Stearns, especially after giving up two of the team's top 30 prospects and Jonathan Villar for him. 

Schoop earned $8.5 million last season and will likely earn around the same, if not a little bit more, in 2019. 

Other names that will need contracts by tomorrow are Hernan Perez, Domingo Santana, Tyler Saladino, Xavier Cedeno, Zach Davies and Dan Jennings. 

After Friday, MLB free-agency will kick into a higher gear and big names may begin to find new homes.