Milwaukee Brewers: 10 best free agents available

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MAY 07: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 07, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MAY 07: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 07, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 27: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning in Game Five of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 27: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning in Game Five of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

1. Gerrit Cole, SP

Ah, the prize free agent. Gerrit Cole is the cream of the 2019 free agency crop. He has everything you’d want in a starting pitcher and is on the short list for the best in the game. What a perfect time for him to hit free agency and score a mega deal.

Cole started 33 games for the Houston Astros last season, going 20-5 with a 2.55 ERA. What a beast! He also pitched at least 200 innings for the fourth time in five seasons. He’s nearly unhittable.

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At 29-years-old, Cole is looking for a contract that will last almost a decade. That seems impossible for the Brewers to hand out. It’s not that he’s not worth it, it’s that such a deal would handicap any financial flexibility Milwaukee would have.