For a number of years the Milwaukee Brewers have had one of the strongest pitching rotations in the MLB and last season was no different. They ended the season with a league leading 3.71 ERA and also led the league in average allowed with .226.
Ahead of the 2024 season, the Brewers are looking to rebuild their rotation following Wade Miley, Brandon Woodruff, Julio Teheran and Eric Lauer becoming free agents. Rumors are circulating around Corbin Burnes and the possibility of him being traded with his contract being up at the end of the 2024 season.
Some big name pitchers are available this offseason with Shohei Ohtani being the top of everyone's free agent list. Fellow Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto is attracting a lot of interest having been posted. The Brewers will be looking for more budget options to add to their rotation and would look to develop those into solid options to aid regular season success.
Here we rank five pitchers that can help the Milwaukee Brewers rotation for the 2024 season.
5. RHP Lucas Giolito
This first pitcher may be a wild selection due to his performances in recent seasons, but Lucas Giolito has shown that he can be a top level starting pitcher. During his time with the Chicago White Sox, he averaged an ERA under four in five of his seven seasons with the team.
It was later on in the 2023 season that he struggled. He was traded to the Los Angeles Angels in July where he really struggled, posting a 6.89 ERA then being placed on waivers in August. The Cleveland Guardians claimed him and he pitched just six games with a 7.04 ERA.
From 2019 through 2021, he was one of the elite pitchers in the league and looked to have a bright future as part of a White Sox team that was on the up. His performances towards the end of last season has certainly dropped his stock and so he could be an option for the Brewers, depending on what his asking price is. He was paid $10.4MM for the 2023 season and the Brewers would hope to get him for cheaper.
If the price was reasonable and the Milwaukee front office felt they could help Giolito return back closer to the form he showed in Chicago, then he could potentially be a real asset for the Brewers. The reason he is sat at #5 is due to the potential asking price as he knows the level he can play and other teams may just simply offer Giolito more than Milwaukee.