3. Sign Will Harris
The Brewers have lost some firepower out of their bullpen. With Corey Knebel missing all of last season and him not being expected back until May, the Brewers three headed monster was down to two. Then Jeremy Jeffress struggled, giving the Brewers just one stud in Josh Hader. Drew Pomeranz came in and filled one of those roles beautifully, but signed a big deal in San Diego.
So the Brewers currently have just one stud bullpen arm in Hader, and he’s been reportedly on the trade block. If he stays, and Knebel returns to his old form, the Crew still needs another stud arm to get that bullpen to its 2018 level again.
The best option for that could be Will Harris. He’s spent the past five seasons in Houston, helping them win a World Series and has posted ERAs below 3.50 every single season. In the postseason, Harris has posted a 2.54 ERA over 14.2 innings over the past three Octobers.
At 35 years old, Harris is unlikely to command a long term deal, and could probably be had on a one year contract. Last season, Harris had a 1.50 ERA in 60 innings of work.
A combination of Harris, Knebel, and Hader in the final innings of games is a tough group to get through for opposing hitters. If the Brewers starters can get through six solid innings with the lead, the bullpen can lock it down with this group.
With a rotation that would be much improved with a legitimate No. 2 option behind Woodruff, a reinforced bullpen with Harris, and an offense boosted by Donaldson, the Brewers roster would immediately jump up to one of the best, if not the best in the National League. That would make them a true, legitimate, World Series contender.
Once you get into October, anything is possible. The best team on paper doesn’t always win in October. The Yankees are clearly the best team on paper right now, and the Brewers don’t have the payroll space to compete with that, but with these three moves, they will make themselves a contender that, if they get hot at the right time, they could take down even the Yankees in a seven-game series.
The Milwaukee Brewers need to win a World Series with their competitive window wide open with Christian Yelich. Otherwise, this entire window will have felt like a waste if they don’t win at least one.