The Milwaukee Brewers made a run at the end of the 2012 season. It was just enough of a run to make things in the Wild Card race interesting and to give Brewers' fans hope. They may have gotten used to winning over the last couple seasons, but 2012 was a disappointment for the most part. Now, the Brewers are trying to rebuild themselves into a competitor again. Part of that rebuilding process includes bolstering their bullpen.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is eyeing some bullpen help and multiple names are on his list.
Doug Melvin just told us they have interest in Jon Rauch, Kyle Farnsworth, Mike Gonzalez and Jason Frasor #SXM
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 17, 2012
As far as health is concerned, each reliever could provide the Brewers some depth and durability. Jon Rauch was involved in a car accident earlier this season, but he was not injured. He remained healthy all season. Farnsworth was placed on the DL in April with a strained elbow which is concerning, but he was healthy for the remainder of the year. Gonzalez suffered a torn meniscus last October, but he avoidedf the DL during the 2012 season. Frasor missed a large chunk of time with a strained forearm in 2012. He should be healthy and back to 100 percent for 2013 though.
The Brewers finished 20th in overall ERA last season. Granted part of that came from their starting pitching, but the bullpen wasn't much better. They could use all the help they can get. Their offense was sufficient enough, but they will need better pitching if they are going to compete in the slimmed-down National League Central.