Brewers’ 2020 Rotation Will Be Without Chase Anderson
Milwaukee Brewers have another important offseason. The window with Christian Yelich could be closing in the next two years. The opportunity is ripe for Milwaukee to win another NL Central crown. Like last year, there are questions about the pitching rotation. One player that will not be a part of that rotation is Chase Anderson. Instead of trying to pick up his 10.9 million dollar option, they traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays for an infielder. Anderson had a decent bounceback year in 2019, but the money for the option was likely too much for what the Brewers pitcher is at this point in his career.
People forget that Anderson was not part of this rotation to start the season. One of the reasons was his poor 2018 season with giving home runs to everyone and their mother. Another reason is Milwaukee had a good amount of choices to choose from that will not cost as much as Anderson. Now, some of those did not work out for them with the struggles of Freddy Peralta and Corbin Burnes. Yet these options are still going to be available for Milwaukee this season. Brewers have a promising start to a rotation with the chance to add more this offseason.
Brandon Woodruff and Adrian Houser are locked in for the rotation next year. Both could be top pitchers for next year’s team. Zach Davies and Brent Suter are okay, but to me, Suter makes more sense out of the bullpen and I’d rather have a free agent addition than Davies. Burnes wants to be a starter, but Milwaukee needs to find out what works best for him. He does have potential, and it is on Chris Hook to unlock that. There is hope for him to rebound from his disastrous year.
Brewers do have the ability to make a move on a free agent starter too. Zach Wheeler, Dallas Keuchel, Kyle Gibson, Madison Baumgarner, Rick Porcello, Cole Hamels are some of the starting pitchers available to the Brewers. If they wanted to run it back with Jordan Lyles or Wade Miley, that is also available to the Crew. There is a great deal of talent out there for David Stearns to make a move. If he does not this season, we need to ask some questions about the Brewers general manager.
Hope Anderson can thrive with the Jays. He is an underrated talented pitcher for the Crew.