Moves so far
- Traded OF Norichika Aoki to Kansas City for RP Will Smith
- Not expected to do much of anything this offseason
- Various names have been thrown around in rumors, but nothing has stuck
Brewers have been dead quiet this offseason. Besides, for acquiring a decent starter in Will Smith, they haven’t made a single notable move.
At the beginning of the winter meetings, GM Doug Melvin said they would be quiet this offseason. “We like parts of our ball club. Some parts we need help, there’s not a lot of openings in the regular lineup. One position we need to fill is first base. We were really hurt by the lack of production there,” Melvin said.
With 1B Corey Hart injured, the Brewers were never able to find a replacement at first. With Hart leaving in free agency, they still haven’t found a new first basemen, and may be doomed to have a gaping hole at first once again. A trade for Mets 1B Ike Davis has been looked it, and they have also talked to 1B Michael Young, but neither of those deals are close to happening.
Brewers also need to improve the bullpen. The Will Smith trade helps, he can go into either the bullpen, or even the rotation if necessary. The Brewers need him in the bullpen though. They still need more help in the bullpen, but that seems unlikely right now.
Thanks to a boring off season, the Brewers are most likely doomed to mediocre again this year. They seem content to just be patient and hope their young guys grow into good players. Their team is mediocre right now, they need to add some more talent, but just don’t seem interested in doing so.
The lineup inst bad, or at least the top half of it isn’t. With players like SS Jean Segura, OF Carlos Gomez, OF Ryan Braun, 3B Aramis Ramirez, and C Jonathan Lucroy, the lineup can do damage. The back half is very week though, with OF Kris Davis, 2B Rickie Weeks, and 1B Juan Francisco all struggling last year.
Brewers get a D, they need to add some value to this team somewhere, but have to do so. They will go into another season without a 1B, without a reliable bullpen, and with a gaping hole in the back half of their lineup.
If there is any news, this will be updated.
Next team up is the Cardinals.
- Dr. SB Nation: How to fix the Milwaukee Brewers (sbnation.com)
- Brewers more likely to land first baseman in trade (mlb.mlb.com)
- Royals get outfielder Aoki from Brewers for Will Smith (kansascity.com)