Surely it was a huge deception for the Brewers failing to bring Yu Darvish to Milwaukee, and it's even more painful to see him signing for bitter rivals, the Chicago Cubs.
However, there's plenty of talent available in the free agency, and for teams like the Brewers, that are still looking to bring a pitcher, the options are many.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRagSports, the Brew Crew are willing to make a move for an opening pitcher. Jake Odorizzi, Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Chris Archer are the main targets for Milwaukee. Heyman also states that Lance Lynn is also an option.
brewers seem intent on adding a pitcher and are connected to odorizzi and arrieta. cobb and archer, too. lynn would make sense, as well.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) 11 de febrero de 2018
The Brewers were heavily linked with a move for the japanese ace Yu Darvish in recent days, competing with the Minnesota Twins and the LA Dodgers for the sign of the pitcher.
It is also said that Milwaukee offered Darvish a 5-year deal, worth $100 million. But the Cubs improved that offer and signed the japanese for 6 years and $126 M, with the ability to reach $150 M in bonuses.
To this day, the trade market seems like the better option for the Brewers. The Tampa Bay Rays have showed great interest in trading their pitchers, where Odorizzi could be the most viable option for Milwaukee.
But if the Brewers are willing to make the big move, Jake Arrieta is still available. After all, the team has a lot flexibility regarding salary cap, with only $83 M assigned to contracts for the 2018 season.