Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, general manager Doug Melvin and president Mark Attanasio have decided to experiment this season.
Instead of addressing their need for a veteran starter in free agency or via trade, management has decided to completely handle the rotation internally. Was it to cut payroll? Or was it to legitimately give some of the budding talent in the minors a chance to start?
Well, probably a little of both.
The Brewers easily could have gone after Zack Greinke if they were willing to shell out the money. Greinke loved his time in Milwaukee and likely would have given them a bit of a discount.
They could have gone after mid-tier options like Ryan Dempster, Edwin Jackson or even their own free agent, Shaun Marcum—guys who wouldn't break the bank, but would give them solid, middle-of-the-rotation innings.
Aside from tossing a few test lines into the water, none of that came to fruition. And while Marcum (remarkably) still remains unsigned, it's unlikely the Brewers will go after him.
To be clear, I think they should. I hope that, as spring training approaches and Marcum can't find a team willing to give him more than two years, the Brewers offer him a fair two-year contract. A lot of people didn't like Marcum for whatever reason, but despite his injuries, he was a very dependable starter when he was on the mound.
Nevertheless, the Brewers have a ton of pitching talent ready to go in the majors, and many of those players won't even be mentioned in this slideshow.
Let's see what the Brewers can cobble together this season.