Heading into the All-Star break, the Brewers hold a comfortable 5.5 game lead in the Central division. Their commanding lead has given fans a reason to be excited, and has given the front office a reason to be buyers at the deadline.
The Brewers, along with nearly every other competitive team, are in the market for pitching. Specifically, a front-of-the-rotation starter. Two names that have been thrown around are Jose Quintana of the White Sox, and Sonny Gray of the Oakland Athletics. While both pitchers are having slightly down years, they are both young and team controlled until 2020 and 2019 respectively.
While a young, controllable, and affordable starting pitcher sounds ideal, neither will come cheap. The question now becomes are the Brewers willing to give up some of their top prospects like Lewis Brinson, Corey Ray, and Josh Hader. As a team that is already considered to be overachieving, is it worth giving up part of the future in an effort to win now? Will adding a top-end starter allow the Brewers to pull away from the rest of the division while also being strong enough to beat teams like the Dodgers in a playoff series?
Whether the Brewers go all out in an effort to turn an anomoly of a season into a championship season is yet to be seen. What we do know is that come July 31st, the Brewers will be buying at the deadline for the first time in years, hoping to get a taste of the postseason again. Something Milwaukee hasn’t seen since 2011.