As the World Series approaches,
St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red
Sox fans eagerly wait to celebrate,
while the 28 other teams’ fans wonder
why it wasn’t their year.
Brewers fans haven’t tasted World
Series action since the 1982 season,
when they lost to the Cardinals in
Milwaukee’s front office would
be wise to look over how the
Cardinals and Red Sox managed to
reach baseball’s ultimate competition.
Both teams provide a blue print
that the Brewers could use to reach
the World Series for the first time in
more than 30 years.
The Brewers have reached a
pivotal point in determining what
their future as a franchise is.
They could do a rebuild through
the draft or they could use what they
have for a quick turnaround to make
the playoffs next year.
If the Brewers go with the
rebuilding route, the Cardinals
present a good example of a quick
and successful rebuild through the
Major League Baseball draft.The Cardinals have reached the
National League Championship
Series the last three years and have
reached the World Series twice,
winning in 2011.
St. Louis has done this with
wave after wave of minor league
talent coming up to the majors and
performing in big spots.
Of the 25 members on the
Cardinals playoff roster, 20 were
developed in the team’s farm system
with 17 players being drafted by St.
If the Brewers do decide to do
the full rebuild they’re going to have
to put a bigger focus on their minor
At the beginning of the season
Milwaukee was ranked as one of
the worst farm systems. The team
didn’t do itself any favors by losing
their first round pick by signing Kyle
Lohse last year.
The Brewers have to commit to
re-tooling their farm system. If they
starting doing this now, and draft
well, they could be back in contention
If Milwaukee wants to go the
route of a quick turnaround, they
must look at what the Red Sox have
done in just over a season.
After making flashy signings the last two offseasons, the Red Sox were
poised to take the 2012 American
League East title.
But the team didn’t mesh under
manager Bobby Valentine. The team
wasn’t winning like they should, and
big changes were on the way.
In August of last season, the Red
Sox created a clean slate for the next
season, sending big contracts, like
Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford
and Josh Beckett, to the Los Angeles
It wasn’t what the team got back
in prospects that helped them; it
was the ability to dump hundreds of
millions of dollars in salary to allow
the Red Sox a fresh start.
The team fired Valentine as their
manager and brought in, veteran
manager, John Farrell.
Then, during this past offseason,
the team signed players that they
thought could help them now without
breaking the bank
The Red Sox brought in
outfielders Shane Victorino and Jonny
Gomes who have both played major
roles. They signed first basemen Mike
Napoli, shortstop Stephen Drew and
extended the contract of the face of
their franchise, David Ortiz.
They added a solid starting
pitcher in Ryan Dempster, and in asigning that hasn’t been talked about
until now, they signed relief pitcher
Uehara wasn’t a big name during
the offseason and the Red Sox got
him relatively cheap, but boy has it
Uehara posted a 1.09 earned
run average during the season and
has been perfect in the playoffs,
not allowing a run in six innings
and winning the American League
Championship Series Most Valuable
The Brewers won’t be able to
spend all of the money signing new
players that the Red Sox did, but
doesn’t mean they can’t cut some of
their payroll in trades.
Milwaukee can’t be afraid to
trade players like Yovani Gallardo,
Kyle Lohse or Aramis Ramirez.
Not only could they get a good
return of prospects, but it would also
free up money that could allow the
Brewers a fresh start.
The Brewers have a lot of tough
decisions to make this offseason. If
they choose one of these options, or
something else, they have as good a
chance as anyone to be in the playoffs