It's safe to assume that Weeks' tenure has come to an end after 10 frustrating seasons. Gallardo, another home-grown talent and one of the Brewers' few organization-developed pitchers, has a $13 million option for next year that the Brewers are planning to exercise. Duke was a multi-role reliever early in the year but settled in as a specialist and could be invited back in 2015 while Reynolds and Overbay will likely give way to a free agent or trade to upgrade the position.
Then there's Rodriguez, who was a late signing during spring training then got delayed by visa problems and a run-in with a cactus. He wound up being named the closer on Opening Day and saved 44 games in his age-32 season. Agent Scott Boras has pulled off bigger shockers in the past, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Rodriguez lands a multi-year deal somewhere ... or ends up back in Milwaukee again at the last minute.
Marco Estrada; RHP Alfredo Figaro; C Martin Maldonado; OF Gerardo Parra; RHP Brandon Kintzler.
Maldonado for sure will be back in 2015; he's been a top backup to C Jonathan Lucroy and has also been able to fill in adequately at first base, if needed. Kintzler never regained the form that made him one of the best set-up men in the NL in 2013 and recently underwent surgery on his left knee. It doesn't look like Kintzler is in the Brewers' long-term plans, nor does Figaro, who provided depth but little else in limited action this season. Estrada is the biggest wild card; he struggled to keep the ball in the park as a starter but performed well out of the bullpen, especially down the stretch.
IN LIMBO: 3B Aramis Ramirez.
The Brewers exercised their end of a $14 million mutual option on Ramirez, who battled through nagging injuries but was still highly productive in 2014, batting .285 with 15 home runs, 23 doubles and 66 RBIs. With a lack of quality alternatives at the position, Milwaukee would benefit from having Ramirez back next season, even at age 37, but he plans to take some time before deciding whether to return for one more year.
--RHP Brandon Kintzler will undergo surgery on his left knee Sept. 30 to correct an issue with his patella that he says has been bothering him for nearly two years.
--RF Ryan Braun is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right hand the first week of October in the hopes it will quiet a nerve issue in his thumb that has hindered his production for the last year. Not much is known about the procedure, or any related recovery time, though Braun said he's confident he'll be ready and at full strength when spring training begins.