The Brewers appear to be ready to take some steps forward from barely missing the playoffs in 2017. Thursday night, they kicked the offseason into gear by trading for Christian Yelich and signing Lorenzo Cain. Alongside Ryan Braun, that's an outstanding offensive and defensive outfield.
Of course, the Brewers also have Domingo Santana, who hit 30 home runs last season at age 24. In 37 games as a rookie, 23-year-old Brett Phillips hit .276/.351/.448. Keon Broxton didn't have a great season (.220/.299/.420 with 0.4 WAR), but there's talent there. It was his first full season and he had 20 homers and 21 steals.
That's six big-league caliber outfielders. Considering that utility man Hernan Perez has outfield experience, keeping more than four here is likely a waste of resources. Keeping all six definitely is.
Meantime, the Brewers could use rotation help. Jimmy Nelson is coming off an injury that will sideline him for a chunk of the season. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies are good. Behind them, it's all question marks with Jhoulys Chacin, Yovani Gallardo, Junior Guerra, Brent Suter, Brandon Woodruff and maybe Josh Hader coming to the rotation via the bullpen (he was a starter in the minors).
Brewers are still well-positioned to address pitching by trading outfielders
CBS Sports | Jan 26