MILWAUKEE -- A month has passed since Brewers GM David Stearns suggested the possibility of bringing aboard not just one, but multiple relievers with experience working the late innings. So far, Milwaukee has made no news in that area.
Here's a bold prediction, part of a series of stories on MLB.com forecasting what each team might do before the start of Spring Training: Stearns will come through, and at least one of his acquisitions could get a multi-year contract.
Torres is an internal option to work high-leverage innings in 2017, as are Corey Knebel and Jacob Barnes. But the Brewers have significant payroll flexibility to spend on a reliever, and despite the clock ticking toward the date pitchers and catchers report to Maryvale Baseball Park (Feb. 14), a significant crop of late-inning types are still available on the open market.
Holland, despite coming off injury, probably has the best chance to get that multi-year contract. Stearns said he is open to such a commitment for the right reliever.
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Meanwhile, Stearns & Co. will keep working.
"I think there are a number of options, both guys who have performed that role in the past and guys who haven't but would like to," Stearns said in December. "We're talking to a wide variety of those types of relief pitchers, and I think we'll likely being some of those guys into the fold and maintain a level of competition at the back end of our bullpen."
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.