Last year, as soon as Doug Melvin believed that the Brewers had a legitimate chance of making the playoffs he went out and made the biggest trade of the year. This year he may do the same thing, maybe only a little earlier.
Jake Peavy turned down a trade to the Chicago White Sox last week and has said that he wants to stay in the national league, he also made a suggestion that he wants to play in "middle america."
In that case, what better place for him to play than Milwaukee, it seems to fit all these criteria. Also the brewers are a very competitive team and with their wealth of young talent should remain so for quite some time.
The brewers offered C.C. Sabathia $100 million during this past offseason and Peavy's contract over the next 4 1/2 years would be less than that. Peavy is a bonafide ace just like Sabathia and if they were willing to ante up to try to aquire Sabathia I don't see any reason they wouldn't do the same with Peavy. Also,with the emergence of Mat Gamel at third base a potential Bill Hall trade/salary dump seems more and more likely which could free up enough salary space to entice Mark Attanasio to open his pockets and make a serious run at Peavy.
If the brewers were to aquire Jake Peavy and with the core of players already in place, I believe that they would become chamionship contenders for years to come.