Complete Milwaukee Brewers 2014 Spring Training Preview

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Complete Milwaukee Brewers 2014 Spring Training Preview
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Years of trading away minor league talent finally caught up to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013. The team finished just 74-88 last season, its worst record since 2004, and had to endure the headache caused by Ryan Braun's 65-game Biogenesis suspension. 

Despite boasting a farm system that isn't going to offer any impact help for a long time, the Brewers aren't in a bad position heading into the 2014. A lot of things have to go right for them to compete for a wild-card spot, but there's talent at a lot of key spots to make a push. 

As is so often the case, the team's playoff hopes will come down to pitching. Kyle Lohse was a late signing last winter, had a typical season with a solid ERA and good command and will lead the rotation in 2014. 

Matt Garza, who signed a $50 million contract with the Brewers in late January, will join Lohse in the rotation. 

There are a lot of volatile situations around baseball, but looking at the Brewers right now, this team might have the greatest boom-or-bust potential. They are walking a fine line where nothing can go wrong or the entire ship falls apart. 

As the Brewers prepare for spring training, here is a recap of what has happened in the offseason and stories to watch before the regular season begins. 

Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. 

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