Just two weeks ago, the Brewers were riding high into the all-star break. With a 5.5 game league in the division, all of Milwaukee were giddy at the thought of a playoff push. Fast forward to today, and that division lead has evaporated as the Brewers are just 3-7 since the break. Meanwhile the Cubs and Pirates both seem to have hit their strides in the second half.
The Cubs vastly underachieved in the first half, forcing their hand in a trade for left-handed starter Jose Quintana. On the other side, the Brewers have overachieved to this point and are yet to make a major trade. While they had been linked to Oakland starter Sonny Gray, the Brewers aren’t likely to give up any of their top prospects in a year they are supposed to still be rebuilding.
With the season seemingly slipping away with each loss to a last place Phillies team, is it best for the Brewers to not make any moves? Attack the rest of the season with the group they have and focus on the future with the top tier prospects already in their system. There is a strong free-agent class at the end of this season and it is probably best to either sign a free-agent, or make a trade, in the offseason. Among the notable players available are SP Jake Arrieta, SP Yu Darvish, and former Brewer prospect Lorenzo Cain. 2017 was not the “go-for-it” season, and after these atrocious past two weeks, the World Series run might have to wait. Patience is a virtue, and keeping a long-term vision for the franchise should take priority over a win-now philosophy.