Why the Brewers Need Jake Peavy

Joe KleiberCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

Last year, the Brewers did the unthinkable at the trade deadline.

They traded their best prospect, Matt LaPorta, for the Indians' ace starting pitcher, CC Sabathia in a blockbuster trade that turned around the Brewers franchise forever, and made an incredible run to the playoffs.

The Brewers rode Sabathia and gave the fans hope. They packed Miller Park every single night. The Brewers ended up losing to the Phillies in four games in the playoffs, but it was a historic season.

Now what comes next?

The offseason did the Brewers no favors when they saw their all-star, starting pitchers, Sabathia and Ben Sheets, fall to free agency. Their starting staff is thin.

The Brewers' recently signed Braden Looper is already injured and will probably start the season on the DL.

Their staff right now projects to consist of Yovani Gallardo, Manny Parra, Dave Bush, Jeff Suppan, and Looper/Seth McClung. That staff is not going to win you any championships any time soon, and they need another guy that can bring the fire back to Milwaukee.

That guy is Jake Peavy.

Just think of what Peavy will do to a staff that is already thin and starving for a reliable ace to fill the huge void left by Sabathia and Sheets. Peavy makes too much sense for the Brewers. If they are in contention at the break, you can bet Doug Melvin will be making some calls to the Padres.

It is almost a guarantee Peavy will be traded at the deadline.

His contract is up soon, the Padres are in rebuilding mode and will not be able to afford him once his contract is up. This is the best time for them to get the best value for him so they will almost certainly be listening to offers.

Why not take a chance at Peavy?

If they get him this year, they will have him next year, and will have enough time to try and work on an extension for him. They will probably let Fielder go after his contract is up, making them able to put their money towards Peavy.

They have the farm system to trade for him also.

They still have top prospects shortstop Alcides Escobar, and third-baseman Matt Gamel for trading chips. They will also want to keep him from going to the rival Cubs. Their farm system is better than Chicago's.

If the Brewers are going to try to win within the next few years, they are going to have to get another ace starting pitcher to group with Gallardo. Peavy is the man for the job.

All the Brewers can do is hope he is available at the deadline and make a move.