The Brewers missed the postseason by just one game this season, and manager Craig Counsell would like to ensure they're safely in next year. Jimmy Nelson and Zach Davies developed into top-of-the-rotation options last season, but Nelson suffered a partially torn labrum in September and is expected to miss a portion of the 2018 season. The rest of Milwaukee's rotation failed to make an impact, which could prompt it to add a couple different starters this offseason. "Yeah, there's the want to," Counsell said Monday at the winter meetings when asked if the team wanted to pursue an ace this offseason. "I think what we have to do is we have to just — to me it's a puzzle of the innings. It's putting together the innings and how we're going to cover all the innings. And I think the better the pitcher, you feel like the more innings the guy can pitch, which has a carryover effect, to me, to the rest of the team, to the bullpen specifically. "So I think we're definitely in need of innings and how we get those innings, starters, relievers, is kind of still what we're trying to sift through." Top starting pitching free agents Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta have both been linked with the Brewers this offseason, and Counsell would welcome them both into his rotation.
Craig Counsell confirms Brewers 'want' to add ace to rotation
Sporting News | Dec 12