What should the Milwaukee Brewers do?
After a 74-88 season, the Milwaukee Brewers go into the offseason facing questions on who to keep and let go.
This group below is what went right in a season where there wasn’t much to watch. These guys were the only reason to keep watching when things were turning south.
Carlos Gomez- CarGo had a standout season batting .284, hitting 24 home runs while stealing 40 bases and providing All-Star defense. Except for pitching every fifth day, there isn’t much else the center fielder could have done this season.
Norichika Aoki- The Japanese import had another steady season and with a team option at $1.7 million, it’s a no brainer for the club to keep him.
Jean Segura- The young shortstop is showing that he can be the answer for years to come producing a team-leading .294 batting average and 44 stolen bases. If he can keep up this production he will be a mainstay in the Brewers lineup for years to come.
Jonathan Lucroy- Lucroy had another consistent season manning the backstop for the brew crew and led the team with 82 RBI.
Khris Davis- The young outfielder showed flashes of power by hitting 11 home runs in 136 at-bats in the absence of suspended Ryan Braun.
The bullpen: For the most part the bullpen did its part and was able to put together consistent performances in the last two months of the season.
With the good comes the bad, and in the Brewers’ case, there was much more bad this season. This group of players are where changes need to happen and solutions need to be found. Doug Melvin needs to fix these positions during the winter and get the Brewers back to the post season.
First base: After season ending injuries to both Corey Hart and Mat Gamel, first base was a patchwork of who the Brewers thought could provide any production.
Second base: Rickie Weeks struggled throughout most of the season, and eventually was replaced by prospect Scooter Gennett . The Brewers’ brass needs to think over the position.
Third base: Aramis Ramirez was dealing with a knee injury for most of the season and kept him out of the lineup, preventing him from producing as well as past seasons.
Starting pitching: The starters were inconsistent for most of the season until September. If they can sustain the momentum they built in September this group might be salvageable.
Ryan Braun: With his 65 game suspension now served, Braun comes back with a lot to prove. Once an unthinkable idea; the Brewers might have to consider trading him for any prospects. But with the length and money of his contract, he might prove to be immovable.
The Brewers need to decide if they should go into another rebuild or keep what they have and try to use a patch work of inexpensive veterans that didn’t work this season. It’s tough to see the Brewers trying to build through the draft with prospects that haven’t garnered that much attention in the minor leagues.
Who do you think the Brewers should keep, trade or just get rid of? What would be the best way to improve the Brewers?