The Brewers began the New Year as the only team yet to sign a Major League free agent since the end of last season.

General manager Doug Melvin was asked Monday what he would say to fans perturbed by the team’s inactivity.

“I would just say that it’s true, we haven’t done all that much,” Melvin said. “But just because you don’t respond in free agency doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the [wrong] thing to do. If you look at a lot of the teams that got involved in free agency in the past few years, it hasn’t been that successful for them — and then there are the players whose price range isn’t even close to what we could consider. We’re putting a lot of faith into our system.”

In Melvin’s view, the Brewers’ Major League roster is well-stocked aside from first base and the bullpen, areas club officials are still open to supplementing at the right price. The rest of the infield is set with catcher Jonathan Lucroy, second baseman Scooter Gennett (with Rickie Weeks’ role to be determined), shortstop Jean Segura and a healthy Aramis Ramirez at third. An outfield of Khris Davis, Carlos Gomez (who would be a free agent right now had he not signed an extension last spring) and Ryan Braun has the potential to be above-average offensively.

Melvin said the Brewers made the fundamental decision earlier in the offseason to “go with our young guys,” and thus plan to trust back-end rotation spots to Wily Peralta, Marco Estrada and Tyler Thornburg, with others vying for spots like Will Smith, Johnny Hellweg, Hiram Burgos and Jimmy Nelson. In the bullpen, Melvin would not mind adding some experience via free agency, but again expressed confidence in the club’s low-cost options.

“We weren’t going to get [Shin-Soo] Choo. We weren’t going to get Robinson Cano,” Melvin said, referring to top free agents. “We can look at $5-$6 million guys, but if we think our guys are better or as good at $500,000, why would we make a move just to make a move?”