Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 12/23/13
The Milwaukee Brewers are in need of some changes this off-season.  So far this off-season the Brewers haven’t been making any big moves unlike other clubs around the league. With most of the bigger free agents off the market, there isn’t a huge amount of talent left.  The General Manager of the Brewers, Doug Melvin, has a track record of pulling off deals out of thin air. It looks like Melvin needs to upgrade the pitching staff and find an answer at first base. With the departure of Corey Hart going to Seattle there is a hole left at first base. According to a tweet by Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers have expressed interest in former Ranger and Dodger, Michael Young to become the first basemen. I think that for the right price this could be a good long term move.  I do think that Young doesn’t have much left in the tank but can provide a good veteran presence in the club house.  Also with first base prospect Hunter Morris on the horizon, Young would be the bridge till Morris is ready for the big leagues. There are other options that the Brewers can turn to but they aren’t likely to find a franchise changing player. Two players the Brewers have expressed interest recently have been Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy.  While it appears at the moment that Melvin is not going to make a move for either of those players, he realizes that first base is one of the biggest needs on the Brewers. Another player that could be picked up for the right trade is Adam Dunn.  While Dunn is basically a masher at the plate who can only hit home runs, he could provide a decent bat down in the order. Other first basemen that have almost the same skill set as Dunn are available as free-agents. Two names that come to mind are Carlos Pena and Mark Reynolds. Dunn powers the Sox to the win Pena and Reynolds are both players who have incredibly low batting averages and overall not very productive years in 2013 could be bounce back candidates. Both of these guys the Brewers should consider taking a flyer on if they can be had for the right price. There are also a few other options that the Brewers could go with but there is a dearth of talent at first base.  Some of the players the Brewers could sign would require the club to give up a compensatory draft pick.  With the prospects the Brewers have given up in past trades, this is something they should not give up to pick up an average first basemen. While it seems that the Brewers’ divisional rivals have yet to make any big splashes as well, there still seems to be a gap in talent compared to the teams that finished ahead of the Brewers. Who do you think the Brewers should pick up or trade to fix the problem at first base? Leave your thoughts below in the comments section.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

PLAYERS: Doug Melvin
TEAMS: Milwaukee Brewers
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