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Brewers Looking Strong in the Short Term

Brewers Looking Strong in the Short Term

The Milwaukee Brewers have made two big additions this off-season, trading for starting pitchers Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke, the latter of which happened yesterday.  The combination of Marcum and Greinke, added to a rotation that already included Yovani Gallardo and Randy Wolf, gives Milwaukee one of the best rotations in the NL Central.  Add to the fact that they've got Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, two of the best hitters in the National League, along with talented hitters like Corey Hart, Rickie Weeks, and Casey McGehee, and the Brewers are starting to look like one of the best teams in the National League in 2011.

To get Marcum, the Brewers traded one of their top prospects in Brett Lawrie.  Lawrie, a second base prospect who has been rated in baseball's top 100 the last two years, is coming off a .285/.346/.451 season in 554 at-bats at the AA level.  Meanwhile, Marcum returned from Tommy John surgery in 2010, and had an impressive year, with a 3.64 ERA in 195.1 innings, alo...

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