Brewers Deadline Need #1: Bullpen Depth
As the saying goes, you can never have enough pitching.
The Brewers, like every contending team, could use some more pitching, especially in their bullpen. Earlier in the season, Milwaukee traded away two important and valuable bullpen arms in J.P. Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen, but they got back Willy Adames, so that worked out.
They also received Trevor Richards in return, and he was solid for a few weeks before he was traded to Toronto in exchange for Rowdy Tellez.
The two relievers the Brewers got for Orlando Arcia, Patrick Weigel and Chad Sobotka, have scarcely been seen in Milwaukee since the trade and aren’t performing too well in Triple-A Nashville either.
So the Brewers are down two relievers, essentially.
Jake Cousins and Miguel Sanchez have stepped up into big roles, but the Brewers need some more experience to count on in the bullpen down the stretch.
At the very least, the Brewers need one more reliever to fill out their bullpen down the stretch. Adding another experienced arm to this group will lock it down and give Craig Counsell enough weapons at his disposal to make it through the postseason.
This will be the biggest need for the Brewers to acquire at this Trade Deadline. It is nearly impossible to win a World Series without a lockdown bullpen. Especially with the inconsistency the offense this season, which could be fixed by addressing Need #2, having the pitching staff, both rotation and bullpen, at maximum strength will be key. To get to maximum strength, this bullpen needs a little more depth.
Where will David Stearns find these arms? Probably from no place that fans and pundits expect them to be found, but Stearns will somehow find the perfect addition or two to fill out this bullpen.