The Milwaukee Brewers have experienced quite the downward spiral this season. After winning a franchise-best 96 games in 2011, the Brewers won the National League Central. Unfortunately for them, that led to an early exit from the playoffs.
The early playoff loss ended the Prince Fielder-era in Milwaukee. To replace him in the lineup in front of NL MVP Ryan Braun, the Brewers signed third baseman Aramis Ramirez.
Ramirez has been solid this season, putting together a line of .282/.350/.483 with 11 home runs, 58 RBI and 32 doubles. Even though he is in just the first season of a three-year pact with Milwaukee, he could potentially be on the move before the next few days are up.
Brewers GM Doug Melvin went on record last week saying, “If we lose five out of six, we’re selling.” Fast-forward to today, and the Brewers actually lost six-of-six.
Looks like it’s time to rebuild.
Ramirez isn’t the only guy that could be made available. Ace Zack Greinke would be the most coveted option, while Corey Hart, George Kottaras, Randy Wolf and Francisco Rodriguez could also be had in the right deal.
It’s proven difficult for the Brewers to keep up with the likes of the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates this season, and rebuilding may not be a bad option.
Each of the aforementioned players could likely bring back a decent-sized haul. Building a young team around Ryan Braun and Yovanni Gallardo would not be a bad idea at all.
Tyler Thornburg and Wily Peralta could also be joining the Brewers’ rotation in the near future, so the team could be set in a few years if they play all their cards right in the next week.
We’ll see how it plays out, but don’t be surprised if we see a fire sale in Milwaukee.