Posted on February 1, 2018, by Bryan Zarpentine
After a copule major moves toward the end of January, the Milwaukee Brewers may end up being one of the top winners this offseason. However, the Brewers aren’t finished. After adding both Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain to their outfield, Milwaukee is still in the market for a starting pitcher who can lead their rotation. The Brewers are shopping at the top of the market and appear determined to land an ace.
According to reports, Milwaukee’s top target is Yu Darvish. Of his many suitors, the Brewers are reportedly the most aggressive in going after Darvish. There have been rumblings that Darvish was getting ready to make a decision in the near future. However, he remains unsigned. It’s also plausible that no other starting pitcher signs with a team until Darvish sets the market price.
It’s important to note that Milwaukee’s attitude is not Darvish or bust. If the Brewers fail to land the Japanese ace, they will quickly pivot and explore other options. Longtime Cubs ace Jake Arrieta is reportedly not far behind Darvish on Milwaukee’s wish list. If the Brewers are able to make a competitive offer for Darvish, it stands to reason that they’d be able to make a similar offer to Arrieta.
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Even if the Brewers miss out on both Darvish and Arrieta, they aren’t likely to give up their pursuit of a starting pitcher. The club has reportedly been in contact with both Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn. Neither is on the same level as Darvish or Arrieta. But most would agree that both are wonderful fall-back options who would fit in nicely at the top of Milwaukee’s rotation.
Also, the Brewers have not ruled out the possibility of trading for a starting pitcher. Recent reports have linked the Brew Crew with Rays ace Chris Archer. The Brewers may be reluctant to make a trade after sending four prospects to Miami in the Yelich trade. However, that trade has left the Brewers with a surplus of outfielders. Domingo Santana could easily be the focal point of a trade package. Plus, the Brewers still have a strong farm system, with five prospects in MLB.com’s top-100.
With one look at Milwaukee’s rotation, it’s easy to see why the Brewers are so determined to add an ace. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies are a solid 1-2 punch at the top, but there are questions elsewhere in the rotation. Jimmy Nelson is coming off shoulder surgery and there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready for opening day. The Brewers added Yovani Gallardo and Jhoulys Chacin earlier this offseason. But neither should be counted on to be anything more than an innings eater at the back-end of the rotation.
Based on their moves at the end of January, the Brewers clearly feel they will be a playoff contender in 2018. However, their starting rotation is not quite on par with most of last year’s playoff teams. The Brewers know they need to upgrade the front of their rotation before the start of the season, and they appear willing to do that by any means necessary