Originally written January 28, 2014 on Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land:
The Brewers continued their slide in the standings in 2013.  After winning the division in 2011, they fell to 3rd in 2012 before finishing 4th in 2011.  The only thing keeping them out of the NL Central basement was the woeful Cubs.Here's a look at what they did this offseason to try to prevent further slippage:Key LossesNorichika Aoki, Corey HartKey AcquisitionsMatt Garza, Will Smith, Mark Reynolds, Zach DukeThe Brewers recent addition of Matt Garza helps improve a starting rotation that finished 11th among NL starters.  Holdovers Yovani Gallardo, Kyle Lohse, Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta will round out the rotation.  The keys for the Brewers are the health of Garza and Estrada and improvement from Gallardo and Peralta.In the pen, journeyman Jim Henderson returns as closer with Brandon Kintzler as the likely setup man.  Beyond that, its anybody's guess who will round out the pen, which is in a state of flux after the departures of former closer John Axford and middle relie...
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