The Cardinals may have lost Lance Berkman, Kyle Lohse and potentially Chris Carpenter for the 2012 season.
But the Brewers aren't having much better luck.
Coming off an 83-79 third-place finish in the National League Central, the Brewers got a dose of bad news this week for 2013:
First baseman Mat Gamel, who missed the vast majority of the 2012 campaign with a knee injury, has had a setback and is now expected to miss all of the upcoming season with the same problem.
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To make matters worse, the Brewers' other first base option is Corey Hart. And he's expected to miss the first part of the 2013 season with a knee problem of his own.
Milwaukee is trying to replenish its farm system. So there is little chance that the Brewers would be able to make a deal for a major league first baseman. They're likely going to have to make do with a short term solution until Hart can get back in business.