By Ross Sutton
A few days ago, the Milwaukee Brewers shook up the landscape of the NL Central for this upcoming season by trading for Christian Yelich and then signing Lorenzo Cain. By acquiring the two outfielders, the Brewers have an even more crowded group of outfielders on the roster which should allow them to be able to shop a couple of players around the league in order to try and add a starting pitcher.
The widespread belief around the league is that the Brewers will be looking to trade outfielder Domingo Santana. The 25 year old hit .278 last season with 30 home runs, 85 RBIs and 15 stolen bases, giving him plenty of value on the trade market. The Brewers are expected to be looking into many different pitchers to potentially trade for but Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports recently reported that they are considering Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks. This would be a nice addition, but with only one more year left on Corbin’s contract, I believe the Brewers should be able to get more for a player like Domingo Santana. Santana is still very young and is under team control through the 2022 season. Considering Santana’s breakout year and the number of other prospects the Brewers have in their organization, I think the team could make a compelling offer to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Michael Fulmer, who reportedly has peaked a few team’s interests this offseason.
With starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson likely out until June of this season, this would be a great move for the Brewers. If Milwaukee decided to trade for Fulmer, they could still potentially have enough money left to sign another starting pitcher like Alex Cobb or maybe even Jake Arrieta. This would give the Brewers a fantastic rotation and team as a whole for the 2018 season. The Brewers seem to see a window to win their division the next few years after the regression the Cubs made in the 2017. If they could pull of a move like signing Jake Arrieta, not only would it make the Brewers significantly better, but it would be a big dent to Chicago’s rotation, which would greatly increase the Brewers chances to win the NL Central this year.
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