St. Louis Cardinals: How the Rest of the Central Is Doing

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Milwaukee Brewers

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The St. Louis Cardinals have no need to worry about competition for free agents from Milwaukee. Oh, the Brewers will be big players alright — at the Rule-5 draft (rim shot, please.) The Brewers have the look of a team that will fight it out with the Reds for rights to the division basement.

New GM David Stearns, formerly an assistant GM with those alleged database hackers in Houston, has already jettisoned deadweight off the 40-man roster to make room for new Rule-5 picks. Logic and a look at the depth charts tell us he’s on the lookout for a center fielder and third baseman.

History tells us he just might find a star, some accomplished minor leaguer buried deep behind flashier players in an other system. Hall-of-Famer and Pirate icon Roberto Clemente was a Rule-5 pick back in 1954, after all. So was Josh Hamilton back in 2006. It can happen.

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