Relax Brewers fans, the team is in a full blown rebuild. That is obvious to just about everyone at this point that knows anything about baseball and it is the correct decision as well. Right now, the Brewers are simply staring up at three teams in the division, which at the end of the day, are just better than they are. Since the start of the trade deadline last season, Milwaukee has made a bevy of moves, trading veterans for prospects. Aramis Ramirez is gone. Carlos Gomez is gone. Geraldo Parra is gone. Jonathan Broxton is gone. That was all before the trade deadline. So far this offseason, Francisco Rodriguez has been shipped off to Detroit and Adam Lind has been sent packing to the Seattle Mariners. Still on the table to be moved are Khris Davis, Jean Segura, and Jonathan Lucroy for the right price.
For those of you who are thinking this is speeding up the Brewers rebuild and they will be “back” sooner than you think, maybe as soon as 2017, you need to relax. This is not football. Baseball rebuilds take significantly longer, and the Brewers are just getting started. In fact, Milwaukee hasn't even bottomed out yet, that is coming this upcoming season, depending on if they can move the final three leftover pieces before then- Segura, Lucroy, and Davis, which I think they will be able to. Look at the four prime examples- the Cubs, Twins, Astros, and Mets. These four teams didn't just throw up the white flag a couple of years ago, give it a half effort, and say “okay, we are back now”. No, these teams, circa the turn of the last decade, threw up the white flag. So if I am counting this correctly, about five years or so, and they are just now, returning to the spotlight. Actually, if you think about it, all of them returned a year early.
Some of you might point to the moves the Brewers have made, and claim that they already have all the key pieces in place. I am sorry to say this, but that is just not true. Yes, they have acquired some nice pieces in all of these moves, but none of them really possess the “wow” factor. For example, Domingo Santana is the best player they have acquired. He is, at best, a borderline All-Star, meaning if he reaches his full potential, he will have the chance to sneak onto one or two All-Star teams in his career. But he doesn't really wow me. The cornerstone “wow” factor pieces will be coming in the next few drafts, as the Brewers, beginning this season, will probably have the opportunity to draft in the top 5 of each round of the draft the next few years. This is where they will acquire their own version of Khris Bryant, or Carlos Corriea, or Miguel Sano, or Bryce Harper, or whoever you want to name. So settle in Brewers fans, because this is going to take a while.