As players, coaches and club executives gathered Sunday for the annual "Brewers On Deck" fan fest at the Delta Center, the central theme was impossible to ignore.
Milwaukee fans wanted to know. The assembled media wanted to know.
Can the 2013 Brewers really compete for the playoffs with a starting rotation that might include three pitchers with less than a year of experience in the big leagues?
Principal owner Mark Attanasio, for one, made it clear that he didn't consider it a problem to give starting opportunities to the likes of Mike Fiers, Wily Peralta and Mark Rogers, who performed well down the stretch in 2012 when the Brewers were fighting for a wild-card berth.
"I'm really excited to see how all these guys do," Attanasio said during a break from an event that drew 11,722 despite weather issues. "They not only kept us in the race, they got us back in the race last year. You have guys like Rogers and Peralta who throw 95-96 mph. Mike Fiers probably just ran a little out of gas last year (with a tough September).
"One of the things we can measure is how many of these guys are being asked about in trades. The answer is all of them. If other teams, including winning teams, want these guys, why shouldn't we use them?
"I'm aware that come midseason, whether it's (from) here or somewhere else, you may need to (make adjustments). We're ready to do that."
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