By: Noah Wright
Photo Via Fox Sports
After finishing the season short of a wildcard spot, The Milwaukee Brewers off season was eventful to say the least. Brewers’ GM, Dave Stearns, made multiple moves over this off-season to put his team from a wild-card team, to a potential division contender. Let's look over their major acquisitions, losses, and how they can still improve.
How they can improve:
Entering 2018, The Brewers’ starting rotation has a few questions. Starter Jimmy Nelson had a very good year, recording a 3.49 ERA in 175.1 innings, and a 1.249 WHIP, along with increasing his strikeout rate, and lowering his walk rate, will miss part of the season after having shoulder surgery. Also, starter Chase Anderson had a great breakout year. Anderson recorded a 2.74 ERA, and a 1.090 WHIP, and posted just a .9 HR/9 rate in an injury shortened 141 innings, but struggled in season prior. With just 3 guaranteed starters (Zach Davies, Chase Anderson, and Jhoulys Chacin, 2 of which struggled in past seasons) in their rotation, The Brewers could use more pitching to solidify their rotation. The free agent market still holds quality arms like Alex Cobb, and Lance Lynn. Even though Jake Arrieta has shown signs of a decline, he is still a very viable option. They could also explore the trade market. Now with a surplus of outfielders, they could shop Brett Phillips, Keon Broxton, or Domingo Santana to find some quality arms.
The Brewers jumped from solid wildcard team to division contender throughout the off season. By trading prospects, and putting money in free agents, The Brewers have really improved themselves, and have the money, and players to where they could add more pieces to help their chances.