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Brewers still have plenty of pitching options after losing out on Darvish

With Yu Darvish signing with the Chicago Cubs, what’s next for the Milwaukee Brewers? Milwaukee has cash to spend and isn’t letting that be a secret. They’ve already made deals with two top outfielders in Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich. The Cain deal is reported to be worth over $80 million for five years. With two blockbuster moves, the Brewers are showing that they are ready to spend to contend.

That’s why they’ve been trying to deal with Darvish. Solidifying the rotation is crucial and the NL Central packs a lot of firepower offensively. So solid pitching is key if they’re going to compete. Landing Darvish would have been a huge step in accomplishing that goal, but the Japanese all-star is heading 90 miles south of Brew City. So know the Brewers will have to look elsewhere for a starter. Honestly, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The MLB free agent market is a slow-moving market this year. There’s a lot of big names still available. Especially for pitchers. That position is deep and there’s several guys that can definitely perform the way Darvish is expected to. It’s obvious now that Jake Arrieta is moving on from the Windy City. He’ll be 32 at the start of Spring training and still has plenty left in the tank. Arrieta struggled last year compared to previous years, but it’s not enough of a drop off to show concern. As long as he can take better command of his pitches and lower his wild pitch total.

Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb are also other options to round out the rotation. Lynn missed all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but had a very respectable 2017 campaign. The former Ole Miss Rebel went 11-8 with a 3.43 era. He gave more home runs, but recorded a WHIP better than any season since 2011. Cobb also pitched solid after being hindered by injuries in 2016.

Of those three pitchers, Arrieta and Lynn seem to be the most consistent. The Brewers won’t have ace Jimmy Nelson to start the season as he’s recovering from shoulder surgery. They did sign Jhoulys Chacin in December and have two more good starters in Chase Anderson and Zach Davies. Adding another strong arm can certainly give the Brewers the firepower in the mound that they will need to make a run in the 2018 season.