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Chicago Cubs: Previewing the 2017 National League Central

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Milwaukee Brewers

Key additions: Eric Thames, Travis Shaw, Tommy Milone

Key losses: Chris Carter, Tyler Thornburg, Martin Maldonado

The Brewers are in the midst of a rebuild, and it’s off to a good start. The Brewers have been able to maximize value on a lot of their guys and get impact prospects that can help them in the future.

New General Manager David Stearns did a great job with the Jonathan Lucroy trade and got about as good of a return that you can get for Tyler Thornburg. Ryan Braun‘s time in a Brewer uniform is a ticking time bomb, and that trade should add to an already improved farm system.

Pitching

The Brewers rotation is anchored by three young, promising arms at the top. Jimmy Nelson, Zach Davies, and Taylor Jungmann. Jungmann has seen his struggles, but the stuff is there to be a good Major League arm.

Free agent signee Tommy Milone will bring up the back of the rotation. Should Milone perform well, he becomes a trade piece near the trade deadline. The bullpen, like a lot of rebuilding teams, is going to struggle. The Crew doesn’t really have a closer, or any impact bullpen arms right now, and they will just piece it together with the best they can.

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