The Milwaukee Brewers were one of the quietest teams in MLB free agency this winter, as the team decided that the team who won 83 games in 2012 is going to do great things come April. In my mind, the club’s inability to bring in even the slightest bit of help is like admitting defeat before the race even begins.
With Corey Hart expected to be out for an estimated six weeks the Brewers should regret not going out and adding more depth to an aging and injury prone team. I’m not asking the team to act like the Los Angeles Dodgers and spend money that they don’t have but, some added help in both the field and the rotation would not have hurt.
Another example is Rickie Weeks at second base – when healthy, he is one of the National League’s best but, he has played in 130 or more games just twice in his 9-year career. A guy like Jeff Keppinger would’ve been a great fit, as he can play multiple infield spots and could fill in nicely for Weeks when he inevitably goes down.
With Prince Fielder out of the equation for over a calendar year now, the Brewers are still searching for his replacement at first base. Mat Gamel has been groomed as a cornerstone for years to come however, coming off of a torn ACL, it would be a good idea to bring in someone who can help him shoulder the load in his first season back.
Look for Milwaukee’s inability to provide this team with any depth to bite them in the end as so much of baseball is preparing yourself for the worst, something that Brewers failed to do this off season.