The NL Central is filled with rivalries, including one between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. Though the majority of the rivalry takes place during in-game action, it sometimes spills into free agency. That's been proven by Milwaukee and St. Louis stealing players from each other in the past, including Kolten Wong and Mark Reynolds.
Now that free agency is here, it's time for the Brewers to steal another St. Louis player. Milwaukee needs help returning to the World Series for the first time in over 40 years, so what better way to get there than by hurting the rival Cardinals in the process?
Milwaukee Brewers Free Agency
Starting pitching is one area that the Brewers must improve. That's why it makes all the sense in the world for them to pursue Cardinals starter Jose Quintana.
Even if the Brewers' rotation boasts the likes of Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta, there's room to get better. There wasn't much depth beyond the trio and Peralta dealt with injuries, being held to just 18 appearances (17 starts).
Splitting the year between the Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, Quintana had yet another solid season. He made 32 starts across the two clubs, going 6-7 with a 2.93 ERA, a 1.213 WHIP and an MLB-leading 0.4 home runs per nine innings pitched.
Quintana's presence would also add flexibility to the rotation. Burnes, Woodruff and Peralta are all right-handed pitchers. While Eric Lauer is a lefty, adding Quintana to the mix would give manager Craig Counsell more options when it comes to his game planning.
Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has made it clear that the team is willing to spend cash this offseason if it makes sense. With the chance to improve the rotation while hurting the Cardinals by signing Quintana, it'd be wise for Attanasio to open up the checkbook for the veteran southpaw.
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