“Rank the top 5 SPs right now and what you expect at the end of the season.” -@KyleAshauer
Right now, I’ll take (in no order), Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, Max Scherzer, Cliff Lee, Justin Verlander
End of the year? Let’s go with Kershaw, Hernandez, Verlander, Jose Fernandez, Chris Sale
“Why haven’t the Brewers signed Yuni yet?” –@Ben_Oehler
There’s a logical explanation to all of this, I think. With the Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay signings, the Brewers are just waiting to sign every first baseman available that nobody else seems to want to make an offer to. It’s all a part of Doug Melvin’s Great Rebuild plan. Yuni-d to just be patient.
“Brewers starting rotation?” -@junesfoshiz
The obvious case seems to be for Lohse, Garza, Gallardo, Estrada, Peralta and move Thornburg and Smith to the bullpen, but we’ve seen Marco Estrada serve as a reliever as recently as 2011 almost full-time (all this assuming the Brewers actually do finish the deal with Garza). Going with anything but the five guys above wouldn’t be the smartest decision. Even if the organization is convinced Thornburg can be an effective starter (an idea I’d say I agree with), it’s not worth rushing him into the rotation and effectively giving up on Estrada, who could end up being a solid number three-type pitcher this season.
If Garza or any other starting pitcher doesn’t sign, then I think Tyler Thornburg gets the nod over Will Smith.