Roenicke discusses rotation options

Roenicke discusses rotation options

MILWAUKEE -- In discussing the Brewers' myriad of starting pitching options for 2013, manager Ron Roenicke said the team may pursue an established arm over the winter, but seemed to downplay the likelihood of a pursuit of free agent-to-be Zack Greinke.

"I don't think we're going to go sign a guy for five years and $120 million," Roenicke said. "But I think if there is a veteran out there that [general manager] Doug [Melvin] and his crew likes, that we've heard and seen good things about, yeah, I think he's going to look at everything."

Roenicke would prefer the Brewers add another veteran to a mix that figures to include Yovani Gallardo plus some combination of Marco Estrada, Mike Fiers, Chris Narveson, Wily Peralta and Mark Rogers. Another rookie, Tyler Thornburg, "may be a little farther away, but he can surprise you," Roenicke said.

The Brewers tried to re-sign Greinke before they traded him to the Angels, offering a contract in excess of $100 million. Greinke, though, made clear he wanted to see how other teams gauged his value on the open market.

"We made him a great offer," Roenicke said. "I'm not going to comment about what Mark [Attanasio, the team's principal owner] and Doug decide they're going to do, but we made him a great offer."