The Brewers finished just one game behind the Rockies for the final National League wild-card spot last season, after finishing 86-76.
Having just missed out on the postseason, Milwaukee enters the offseason among the most intriguing teams. Not usually known as big spenders, the Brewers find themselves with a conundrum. Do they go for it all, or continue cultivating talented prospects?
According to MLB.com, the Brewers are interested in starting pitching, which includes top arms Jake Arrieta and Lance Lynn.
Both Arrieta (Cubs) and Lynn (Cardinals) have most-recently pitched for Milwaukee’s NL Central rivals. Arrieta won the Cy Young award in 2015, but he has slowly regressed since that magical season.
Still, the Brewers are chasing an ace, and Arrieta has proven capable of filling that role. Now 31 years old, Arrieta still possess top-of-the-rotation stuff.
Lynn, 30, has finished all six of his MLB seasons with sub-4.00 ERAs. He is also 72-47 lifetime with 919 strikeouts in 977 2/3 innings pitched. Despite being younger, Lynn is likely a cheaper alternative to Arrieta, which could be the deciding factor for the Brewers.
Brewers current ace Jimmy Nelson is expected to miss part of the 2018 season after undergoing surgery to repair his partially torn labrum. Milwaukee seems destined to add at least one arm to their rotation this offseason, with everyone still in play.