All right guys, the Brewers had a lackluster season in 2013 to say the least. This post is intended to share my ideas on the best way to reload for 2014.
1. Dump Aramis Ramirez, Yovanni Gallardo, and Rickie Weeks. Ideally, I would look to get back some young pitching back for these veterans. A hypothetical match would be the White Sox and Hector Santiago. They have enough left handed starters and really are only a few pieces away from competing in my opinion. The salary relief in itself would be a win for the Brewers however.
2. Sign Justin Morneau. Remember the days of Braun and Fielder. Well, Morneau probably isn't Prince at this stage of his career but he's the closest thing to it on the market from my perspective.
3. Sign Masahiro Tanaka. I highly doubt he'll be Yu Darvish. But appears to have solid command with above average stuff, which equals at least a number three starter, at the age of 25. The only problem could be the posting fee. But, if the Brewers can afford it, I guarantee it will be a worthwhile investment.
4. Sign Dan Haren. He's been an ace and his peripheral stats support the possibility of a rebound. On top of that he finished 2013 pretty strong. If anything, he's worth a shot.
5. Sign Joba Chamberlain. The Nebraska kid would probably feel more comfortable in Milwaukee than New York and he should come rather cheap. Like Haren, he had a down year but could be a rebound candidate.
6. Add depth to the bench. The Brewers have seemed to lack depth for a few years now. They should add Kevin Youkilis and Jerry Hairston to beef up the bench. Hairston can play everywhere and Youk could add depth to third base with Juan Francisco and sould be a right handed compliment at the corner infield positions.
7. Sign Jean Segura to an extension. I would start at 5 years 30 million. At worst, this is average market value for a shortstop. If he turns into an all-star it will be a huge bargain. Sort of like the Carlos Gomez extension, the talent deserves a chance.