The Brewers, looking to build on their surprise postseason push in 2017, are in the mix for free-agent starter Alex Cobb, according to a report from MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi on Sunday.
Milwaukee has been in touch with Cobb's representatives recently, per Morosi.
Cobb has spent his entire career with the Rays, and the 30-year-old right-hander went 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 179 1/3 innings in 2017, his first full season since his Tommy John surgery in '15.
Jimmy Nelson, Chase Anderson and Zach Davies all had breakout seasons for Milwaukee in 2017. But Nelson, who emerged as the ace, is recovering from surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder and is expected to miss the start of the 2018 season.
A veteran starter like Cobb could provide a stabilizing veteran presence while Nelson is out, and give the Brewers a deep rotation once Nelson returns. Milwaukee has already signed free-agent pitchers Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo.
But the Brewers aren't not the only National League Central team linked to Cobb. The division champion Cubs are considered one of the favorites to sign him, according to Morosi, especially because of his connection to the club's coaching staff.
New Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey, as well as manager Joe Maddon, both coached Cobb in Tampa Bay.