Milwaukee Brewers Rumors: “Aggressively” Targeting Starting Pitching?

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 16: Manager Craig Counsell #30 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on from the bench during the fifth inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 16, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 16: Manager Craig Counsell #30 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on from the bench during the fifth inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 16, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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The Milwaukee Brewers are rapidly approaching the July trade deadline. And now, legitimate rumors are surfacing about the Brewers intentions this July.

It’s always exciting to hear trade rumors circling around, especially when it’s around your own team. And now, the Milwaukee Brewers intentions are becoming known.

These aren’t exactly groundbreaking developments, but the news is official word on what could actually happen as opposed to fan speculation. And it could have a wild impact on not only the Brewers, but the entire trade market in general.

According to Ken Rosenthal, executives around the league expect the Brewers will be “aggressive” in their pursuit of starting pitching. This makes a lot of sense. They’ve been reportedly looking at starting pitchers since last offseason and didn’t get the frontline guy they wanted in the winter. Now they set their sights on adding one in July.

The Starting Rotation

The Brewers starters have been better of late but they’re not an elite group. The rotation is currently made up of Chase Anderson, Junior Guerra, Jhoulys Chacin, and Brent Suter. That’s hardly an inspiring cast of names when it comes to a playoff series. Jimmy Nelson still doesn’t have a timetable for a return, and even when he does, it may not be enough.

Adding a healthy Nelson and another frontline starter at the deadline would make this rotation one to be feared in the postseason. Having someone that can go deep into games and save the bullpen some work on a more regular basis is something that the Milwaukee Brewers could really use as we get into the dog days of summer.

What else did Rosenthal mention?

Rosenthal didn’t name any targets for the Brewers, but there doesn’t figure to be many frontline starters on the market this July. Chris Archer and Marcus Stroman have been injured this season, leaving players like Cole Hamels and possibly Jacob DeGrom at the top of the market.

Also, Rosenthal said that the shortstop and catching positions could be positions where they search for upgrades in July. He doesn’t believe they will be a player for Manny Machado and characterizes that pursuit as “unlikely”. Also, it’s hard to overlook the sentiment that some believe Orlando Arcia showed up to spring training out of shape.

Next: Could the Brewers make a trade with the Royals?

This July trade season should be a fun one, and the Milwaukee Brewers figure to be at the center of the discussions.

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