What if Brewers don’t add a starter?
While everyone waits for the Zack Greinke domino to fall and the starting pitching market to open up, here’s a thought:
What if the Brewers decide to stay out of that market?
General manager Doug Melvin was sure to raise that possibility during his daily briefing with reporters on Monday, undermining the notion that the Brewers must add a starter this offseason.
“We like the starters that we have,” he said. “You’ve got [Yovani] Gallardo, you’ve got [Marco] Estrada and [Mike] Fiers, [Wily] Peralta, Mark Rogers, [Chris] Narveson. Is it time to give our young guys a chance and find out about them?”
He also mentioned Hiram Burgos and Tyler Thornburg as reserves.
I understand that posturing is as much a part of the Winter Meetings as the actual deals. But what if the Brewers indeed stayed away from the likes of Ryan Dempster and Edwin Jackson and fielded a starting rotation from that group of in-house options above, plus an assortment of late-winter signings of a more minor nature, including non-roster invitees?
Would you be satisfied with that group? Considering the Brewers are returning the National League’s best offense and are working to rebuild the bullpen, do you think they could challenge the Reds and Cardinals with that group?
We have time with Brewers manager Ron Roencike at 2 p.m. CT, and I am eager to see what he thinks about this possibility.
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