June 16, 2021

Rosenthal: Why it’s dangerous to underestimate the Brewers once again (The Athletic)

Their season was barely over. The Brewers were still in the visitors’ clubhouse in Washington, D.C., reeling from their crushing wild-card defeat to the Nationals. But general manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell already were talking about what promised to be a challenging offseason.

“David,” Counsell said, “you’re going to be busy this winter.”

Stearns and Counsell sensed what was coming. Catcher Yasmani Grandal and infielder Mike Moustakas would leave as free agents. Left-handed reliever Drew Pomeranz and right-handed starter Jordan Lyles also would prove too expensive to retain. Trades and other difficult roster decisions awaited as well.

“We weren’t looking forward to it, but it was our reality,” Counsell said.

The turnover, as expected, was sweeping. Sixteen members of Milwaukee’s 40-man roster were not in the organization at this time a year ago. Yet, opponents continue to…

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