NL Central Power Rankings: Where do the Reds rank heading into the offseason?

After the Brewers were eliminated in the playoffs, the offseason has begun for every team in the NL Central.
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Noelvi Marte
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Noelvi Marte / Adam Hunger/GettyImages
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1. NL Central Power Rankings: Milwaukee Brewers (92-70)

The Milwaukee Brewers had an impressive 2023 season, but an equally unimpressive showing in the MLB Playoffs. The Brew Crew were bounced out the postseason by the Miami Marlins despite having one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball.

The Brewers three-headed monster could be back in 2024. Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta are all under team control for at least one more season. With Burnes heading into free agency after next season, he could very well be dealt this winter.

In addition to their starting rotation, the Brewers had an outstanding bullpen once again. It's bee two years since Josh Hader was closing out games for Milwaukee, but Devin Williams has been just as dominant. Throw in Hoby Milner, Joel Payamps, and Bryse Wilson, and the Brewers' relief corps is flat-out filthy.

But who'll be leading the charge for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2024? Craig Counsell has yet to commit to being the team's manager next season, and the Brewers haven't entered a contract extension with the longest-tenured skipper in the NL Central.

The Brewers also have an extremely talented farm system, so don't expect Milwaukee to just fall off the map if both Burnes and Counsell dont' return in 2024. To be the man, you got to beat the man. And right now, the Milwaukee Brewers are tops in the NL Central.

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