As the Milwaukee Brewers look to improve their pitching rotation that finished last in the National League in ERA this past season, several free agents could be of interest to their staff. The first is former two-time all-star Mark Mulder. While Mulder hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2008 or pitched a full season since 2005, he would be a fairly inexpensive acquisition for the Brewers. If he stays healthy, this could be a big steal for the Brewers. Another plus is that the new pitching coach, Rick Peterson, coached Mulder on the Oakland Athletics when he had his greatest success. Mulder was on of the Oakland A’s “Big Three” and recipient of the Cy Young award. Peterson also helped Mulder earlier this season to prepare for scouts which proves they already have a close relationship.
Another pitcher of interest for the Brewers is Erik Bedard. A powerful left handing starter, Bedard was traded in 2008 to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for five players. Bedard was believed to be one of the league’s best pitchers, but he barely made half of his starts over the next two seasons. Despite this fact, he posted “ace” quality numbers. He’s a great pitcher when healthy, but the issue is making sure he stays healthy.