The Brewers at the Winter Meetings


What will the Brewers do next week? Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

When the Winter Meetings begin on Monday, many fans will wonder what Milwaukee Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin has planned. Of course, it’s a been a slow offseason for the Brew Crew, but perhaps things could change in the coming week.

A couple days ago, Melvin made his intentions clear that the Brewers were going to try and make a deal with a first baseman. Whether or not that first baseman is Corey Hart remains to be seen, though there aren’t many other options out there.

"“Obviously, first base is the one area of focus,” Melvin said. “We talked about a maybe a bullpen piece or so. But we’re still always open to [other ideas].” – via"

First base will remain to be the team’s top priority for now, but Melvin indicated that the club is open to continue trading players. Norichika Aoki was traded yesterday to the Kansas City Royals for left-handed reliever Will Smith, so that’s one move completed by Melvin. Khris Davis will taking over a starting role in either left or right field.

The bullpen is also another area that the Brewers could be looking to add on to. With the departures of Mike Gonzalez and Burke Badenhop, the team will need a couple more arms in the bullpen. With the addition of Smith, he and Tom Gorzelanny now make up the only two left-handed pitchers on the 25-man roster. That said, Smith could now be that bullpen piece the Brewers needed, but with his starting potential, they should continue to look for at least one more reliever.

Honestly, I don’t expect the Brewers to do very much, if anything, at the Winter Meetings next week. Perhaps they may work out something with Hart and maybe add another bullpen piece, but that will probably be it for now. The Brewers don’t exactly have the budget to splurge on free-agents, but they should keep some in mind.

Let us know in the comments below what you would like to see the Brewers do next week.

With all the moves that have happened this week, here are some points of interest from around the league: