Five August Waiver Fits for the Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers did not make a waiver claim on Wednesday. They have nine days to make one, and there are available players on the market for the team. The starting pitching is not deep, and there isn’t a Justin Verlander that would help this team in a major way. But Milwaukee could benefit from some of those players that could potentially be available in the next week or so. Milwaukee needs some help in the starting pitching, bullpen and potentially a bench bat. Any of those adds could be a positive for Milwaukee.
1. Derek Holland – He hasn’t been put on waivers, and I’m not sure he makes it to Milwaukee, yet, Derek Holland is a fascinating addition. Much like Wade Miley, he bounces back in a major way this season. The lefty is dominant against other lefties, and he’s been decent versus the right-handers. Like mentioned, he’s not an ace but would add depth to the starting rotation. Not to mention, he has bullpen experience too.
2. Sergio Romo – Another player with a bounce back year. I like a couple things about Romo for the Brewers. First, he pitched in any type of scenario this year for the Tampa Bay Rays. He pitched throughout the game this year including some starts with Tampa’s pitching philosophy. Romo would give the Brewers another strong arm in the bullpen which they’ve proven is needed to finish the year.
3. Jerry Blevins – As pointed out in MLB Trade Rumors, Blevins is giving up to lefties this year, so, he couldn’t be a lefty specialist, but he’s dominating right-handers which isn’t common for a left-handed pitcher. With Dan Jennings’ innings at a high numbers already plus Josh Hader’s maintenance, Blevins could be another valued lefty for this team that could be used at any time.
4. Kelvin Herrera – He hasn’t been that good with Washington, but if the Brewers are trying to add more former Royals players, Herrera might be the next one. He pitched like a stud in the 2014 and 2015 MLB Playoffs meaning he’s more than battle-tested in high-leverage situations. He’s an interesting piece to the puzzle with an already deep bullpen.
5. Mark Reynolds – If the Brewers are looking for strictly more pop off the bench, Mark Reynolds might be the best available option. Reynolds gives Milwaukee some extra power in late-game situations. Milwaukee’s bench is a good one but adding a little more power is never a bad thing. That said, it would be stunning to get another bat and ignore pitching.
We’ll see what move the Brewers make in the coming week or so.