The Milwaukee Brewers are set to open their season on March 29 against the San Diego Padres.
It is also true that the team had the best 90 minutes of the offseason by acquiring Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain. But the question remained, would the Milwaukee Brewers sign a big name pitcher? Spoiler alert, they didn’t.
Mark Attanasio, the Brewers owner, gave an explanation. It can be heard in this tweet.
He wants to be ready for the trade deadline. Some would think, why not go for it from the outset of the season? It is a fair thought, but I think this is the correct approach. Before selling the farm or paying for a multi-year deal, why not wait?
Benefits Of Waiting
The Milwaukee Brewers are in a place where they can win for several years. There is solid young talent at the major league level, such as Orlando Arcia, that will be only getting better. There are also some prospects who look very promising, such as Lucas Erceg and Corbin Burnes. So there is no reason to sell the farm right now.
If the team can compete for playoffs as is, then a deadline move for a pitcher will only make the team better. But on the flip side, if a pitcher was brought in only for the Brewers to be out of contention early, it would have been wasted efforts and money.
The greatest asset Milwaukee has right now is their ability to wait for the right move. They did not need to rush into a Jake Arrieta or Yu Darvish deal. Because of the youth and control, they can be patient until a truly good move comes along.
So, who will be available at the deadline?
This is not an easy thing to predict, but it is not impossible. But, if the Milwaukee Brewers are in the place to buy there will be teams with pitchers to sell. That is the key to it all. The timing needs to work out more than anything.