There has not been a lot of movement from the Milwaukee Brewers camp so far this offseason, but that doesn’t mean it is a bad thing.
The entire league is quiet so far, not just the Milwaukee Brewers. That is the positive side of it. The big splash that fans are clamoring for is still out there in full potential. Even if it is Jake Arrieta, who would not be the best move.
When looking at the Hot Stove and how empty it is so far, there are a few things to think about. First off, with minimal moves so far, it means everyone is still out there. All the rumors are just rumors so far with no action. Anyone the Crew could be after is still out there.
Even though the rumors aren’t swinging the Brewers way thus far, if no one is signing that can change. They may be out on Alex Cobb now, but it could come around to where it could conceivably happen.
As fellow Reviewing the Brew writer David points out, the Winter Meetings are gearing up to be crazy. It almost feels like the entire baseball world is just patiently waiting to see where Shohei Ohtani goes, then things will start to happen.
This is a chess game. Quick moves result in the signing of Matt Garza, or something similar. So taking time is not all bad. David Stearns is biding his time and not rushing into a move he will regret. In the long run, this is team is in a fragile place. The right move means October, the wrong move means heading the wrong way in the divisional standings.
Putting this idea outside of a Milwaukee Brewers perspective, it is a positive thing for the team. This is an organization who surprised people by contending in the NL Central. So if nothing happens within the division then things are the same.
There are rumors swirling about big names going to teams in the division, and a Cold Stove means they aren’t there. Giancarlo Stanton to the Cardinals would retool their lineup to propel them to a better record in 2018. The same goes for rumors like Cobb to the Cubs. The more these rumors stay at bay, the better things look for the Crew.
Stay tuned, there is a lot coming up from the MLB offseason. It is just getting started. But for now, things are quiet and it isn’t all bad. The Milwaukee Brewers will need to do make moves to be better, but David Stearns is smart. He will figure out the right moves to make.