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Which starters are still out there?

February 06, 2019 - 12:48 pm
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By Daniel Plocher

Which free agents starting pitchers could the Brewers still sign?

The Brewers are still looking for help, and despite the fact that we are just weeks away from Spring Training, there are still quite a few quality starters on the market.

The most likely pitcher to come to Milwaukee is Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez was a member of the NLCS squad last season, and has an impressive resume over his 11-year career. The 32-year-old starter won three of his five starts in a Brewer uniform last season, and did not record a loss in that time frame. He is a two-time All-Star and has posted a career 3.69 ERA.

Gonzalez would be the safest decision for David Stearns because of the familiarity he has with him. However, USA Today MLB insider Bob Nightengale says there are at least three other teams trying to ink the southpaw:

Another left-hander the Brewers could look into is Clay Buchholz. Buchholz has had a lot of ups and downs in his 12-year career. He spent 10 seasons with the Boston Red Sox and won two World Series with the team before becoming a free agent after the 2016 season.

As an Arizona Diamondback last season, Buchholz pitched in 16 games going 7-2 over that span with a 2.01 ERA. Buchholz will more than likely command a bit more money than the $1.5 million he made last season. But the 34-year-old could have the largest payoff at the least cost of any starter left on the market.

The biggest fish the Brewers are taking a look at is Dallas Keuchel, the final ace left in the free agent market.

Of all the remaining starters in free agency, Keuchel is the most decorated with two All-Star appearances, three Gold Gloves, an AL Cy Young award, and a World Series ring. Keuchel won 20 games in 2015 and has a career 3.66 ERA in seven seasons.

At 30 years old, Kuechel is the youngest of the bunch mentioned, and based on his success will probably sign for the largest contract. If the Brewers add Keuchel to the team, it will probably make him one of the highest paid players on the roster.

Atlanta Braves reporter Paul Crane listed the Brewers as one of three finalists for Keuchel’s services:

Which free agent starter would you like David Stearns to bring to Milwaukee? 

 

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