This offseason Corbin Burnes trade rumors have been swirling. The idea of trading Burnes rests on similar principals as to all the previous years of Josh Hader trade rumors. Of course, the Brewers did eventually end up dealing Hader. This makes many believe that Burnes will meet a similar fate and with two years of club control remaining a trade this offseason would yield a big return. In a recent fan mailbag article from The Athletic, a San Francisco Giants fan gave his belief on what a trade package for Corbin Burnes may look like.
Here is a quote from the article.
Would you consider trading for Corbin Burnes to be a top-3 trade option this offseason? I believe he comes with two years of team control and could possibly be pried away with a Marco Luciano-less, Luis Matos-less, and Kyle Harrison-less prospect package. Thoughts?
Who are the three prospects from the Giants that were mentioned? ‘
Marco Luciano, Kyle Harrison, and Luis Matos are the Giants top three prospects in the organization. According to MLB pipeline, Luciano is the 16th ranked prospect overall and Harrison is 21st. For comparison, Brewers prospect Jackson Chourio is ranked 10th.
All three of the Giants prospects mentioned were recently added to the 40-man roster in order to be protected from the Rule-5 draft. However, all of them may not be big league ready by opening day in 2023. Both Luciano and Matos have not played above the A level in the minor leagues. Harrison spent a good amount of time in AA in 2022.
What positions do they play and what is their upside?
Luciano’s calling card is his bat, in which he is a power over hit type of player. He is a shortstop prospect, but scouts believe he will end up as a third baseman or outfielder. Regardless of position, the 21 year old is an electric offensive player and could develop into a star.
Harrison is a left-handed starting pitcher who was selected in the third round of the 2020 MLB draft. He consistently sits in the mid 90s with his fastball and has the ability to reach 98 MPH. For a secondary pitch he relies on a slider. The southpaw struck out 186 batters in 113 innings of work last year, so his ability to strike batters out is a huge strength of his.
Last is Matos. The 20 year old battled injury during the minor league season but recently was named the AFL defensive player of the year as an outfielder. He has stolen 53 bases over the past three limited minor league seasons. At the plate, he has a great sense of the strike zone along with good contact skills.
Would the Brewers make a trade with the Giants that does not involve any of these three prospects?
The odds of the Brewers trading Burnes to the Giants without receiving one of Luciano, Harrison, and Matos in return is unlikely. Burnes is a Cy Young award winning pitcher and will likely be in the running again for several years to come. The value he provides is tremendous, which means any trade package will have to have an enormous return.
Including one of Luciano, Harrison, and Matos would be a great foundation for a potential trade. As mentioned above, all three are unlikely to be on the 2023 opening day roster and may not even make the big leagues next year. If the Giants do want to trade for Burnes they will have to throw in some current MLB talent around at least one of these prospects.