It’s been about a month since the Milwaukee Brewers acquired stud outfielders, Christian Yelich, via trade, and Lorenzo Cain, through free agency. Receiving both players within an hour of one another, the already potent offense that the Brewers had last season is now electric. Coming off a solid 2017 campaign, the Brewers reached 86 wins coming within one win of reaching the NL Wild Card Game. This was their highest win total since 2011, the last time the Brewers have reached the playoffs.
Like many other elite teams this season, the Brewers decided to push their success through the trade and free agency market. But ultimately, what do these moves mean, and will it be enough? Within Milwaukee’s division alone, there are two legitimate competitors for playoff spots, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. Both of these teams have as well made big splashes in the market during this past offseason. The Cubs acquiring World Series stud Brandon Morrow and All Star pitcher Yu Darvish.
In addition, the Cardinals walked away with Yelich’s former counterpart, Marcell Ozuna. The Brewers will be a legitimate threat this upcoming season, but it is no secret that the Cubs and Cardinals are still the National League Central’s top dogs. Though the Brewers had a solid 2017 season, they still were unable to make it to the playoffs for now the sixth straight year.
If the Brewers want to go all to put themselves above their division rivals, they will land a bonafide ace. Milwaukee’s upper level management was even quoted saying that they have the cap space to land another legitimate player. Through both the trade market and free agency, names such as Alex Cobb, Chris Archer and even Jake Arrieta have surfaced. Any of these players would be a huge help for a pitching-thin team such as the Brewers, providing many innings and valuable experience.
Their rotation is coming off a sneaky good year, ranking 9th in ERA; however it’s centered around 2017 stud Zach Davies and 80 year old Yovani Gallardo. Clearly lacking a number one pitcher to have for the big games, any of the big names on the market will fill a huge hole for the Brewers, potentially putting them over the top. Regardless of who it is, the Brewers need one more starting pitcher to emerge as a legitimate contender and dethrone the back-to-back NL Central champions, the Chicago Cubs.