The Milwaukee Brewers have a full plate when it comes to their needs.
After a dominating 96-66 record and a trip to the National League Championship Series, Milwaukee has fallen back to their usual losing ways of the last 25 years.
The Brewers, whose pitching was one of the league's best a year ago, have dealt with injuries and weak performances. That has contributed to the fourth-worst ERA in the National League (4.27).
Letting relief pitchers LaTroy Hawkins and Takashi Saito leave via free agency turned out to be a devastating mistake.
They have also let the lead slip away in the late-innings more frequently than any other team in baseball—23 blown saves entering August 27.
The team's offense as a whole has been good for the most part, even without the mighty Prince Fielder. They lead the league in home runs, as they do nearly every year. Yet their batting average and on-base percentage could still be improved.
Owner Mark Attanasio and GM Doug Melvin must make changes in order to improve their club. After 2011's postseason success, Brewers' fans will not take kindly to another losing season. Enhancements to the roster is a necessity, and I think Attanasio knows this.
Here are 10 needs the Brewers must address in the offseason.