Don't laugh until you read on...
With the inevitable loss of Zach Greinke in the coming weeks, it's time for the Brewers to start thinking ahead and pursue potential pitching options for the near future (2013).
Zach Greinke will undoubtedly end up being the prize package when his name is called into free agency at the end of the season. Arguably, the number two available pitcher will be Cole Hamels (assuming he doesn't resign with Philadelphia). With Brewers general manager Doug Melvin being prone to making blockbuster moves in the off-season, I don't think the possibility of acquiring a guy such as Hamels would be entirely ruled out, especially considering the Brewers open up a lot of financial space this off-season.
Potential Key Losses:
Zach Greinke (11 Million)
Randy Wolf (9.5 Million) - Why on god's earth he's paid so much is beyond me
Francisco Rodriguez (Trade?) - 8 Million
Nyjer Morgan - (2.3 Million )
This essentially creates a whirlwind of opportunity at the Winter Meetings.
I think fans often forget that Milwaukee is no longer a small-market franchise. We're getting up there with the big spenders.
With that said, here's what our rotation might look like with Hamels next season:
1. Yovani Gallardo
2. Shaun Marcum
3. Cole Hamels
4. Michael Fiers
5. Tyler Thornburg (Top 100 Prospect)