By the time the free agency dust settled, all that was left was a group of questionable veterans looking to leach onto someone's starting pitcher desperate roster.
With Jimmy Nelson on the shelf, and not much left to turn to, the Brewers picked up Jhoulys Chacin and Wade Miley and chose to retain Junior Guerra.
It's certainly not the triumphant trio they were looking for, but the wily veterans have found their rhythm early on.
In seven starts, Chacin has a 4.54 ERA and has won two of his last three starts. Nothing to write home about, but certainly worth the bargain bin $15.5 million price tag over the next two seasons.
Guerra has been a jaw-dropping shock. After debuting as the opening day ace in 2017, he was anything but for the remainder of the season, posting a 5.12 ERA in 70.1 innings before being booted from the big club.
This year, he has a 0.82 ERA over his first 22 innings and his numbers are even better than his standout, 2.81 ERA 2016 season.
Miley came on late, missing time thanks to a nagging groin at the most inopportune time possible, but his first start against the Reds (granted, it's the Reds) saw him roll through the lineup to the tune of 6 innings, 3 hits, and 1 earned run.
The trio probably can't keep this up, they'll probably show their true colors when the summer sun blooms in full this July. But for right now, their combined $9.396 million price tag is well worth their combined 2.94 ERA.