Milwaukee's bullpen struggled in 2012 with an awful ERA of 4.66, ranking last in the MLB. The Brewers' bullpen was the main reason why they didn't make it into the playoffs, and if the Brewers were able to have a stable closer the Brewers' bullpen would have been greatly improved.
This offseason the Brewers made it known that it was a priority to improve their bullpen. The Brewers still need a reliable relief pitcher after signing Tom Gorzelanny, and Rafael Soriano is a perfect fit. Last season Soriano stepped in as closer for the Yankees, after Rivera's injury, and he exceeded expectations. In 69 appearances, Soriano recorded 42 saves with a 2.26 ERA.
Soriano would step in to the closer position while, John Axford would become the Brewers set-up man. This move would strengthen the back end of the bullpen, while giving them a reliable closer, who has experience at pitching in the toughest environments, for the years to come.
The Brewers need to sign Soriano, who is 32 years old and has many quality years in front of him, to a three year deal no matter what the cost is because if the Brewers don't have a successful closer, they will not be able to compete at a high level.