The Milwaukee Brewers will have decisions to make this offseason, and one of the names that will be mentioned in the trade market is Corbin Burnes. Burnes last season pitched in 32 games for Milwaukee and had a 10-8 record with a 3.39 ERA. In 193.2 innings pitched, he gave up 141 hits and 77 runs. Burnes only walked 66 batters and struck out 200.
He had a WHIP of 1.069 a season ago, according to pro baseball reference. Corbin Burnes will have one year remaining on his contract and will become a free agent after the 2024 season. He is 29 years old. Milwaukee could give him a long-term deal, but they are not known for handing out big contracts for a small market organization.
The Brewers will have other decisions to make regarding their pitching staff because Brandon Woodruff is out for most of the 2024 season because of shoulder surgery. If Corbin Burnes were to be traded, which teams could General Manager Matt Arnold trade him to?
The best possible landing spot for Corbin Burnes is for the Milwaukee Brewers to trade him to the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore went 101-61 this past season and won the American League East for the first time since 2014. They were swept in the ALDS against the Texas Rangers. Adley Rutschman, Gunnar Henderson, and Austin Hays are a part of their future as the main core. Their top prospect, shortstop Jackson Holliday, is waiting for his MLB debut.
The Orioles and general manager Mike Elias won’t part with him, but Baltimore has many top prospects to trade. The Baltimore Orioles need pitching in the worst way, and the Milwaukee Brewers farm system would get some gain with the Orioles’ prospects. Coby Mayo, Joey Ortiz, and Chayce McDermott could be some players they could get back via trade for Corbin Burnes.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles went 100-62 this past season and won the National League West, but flamed out. The Dodgers were swept in the NLDS against the Arizona Diamondbacks. One of the biggest problems for the Los Angeles Dodgers, despite their success, has been the health of their starting pitchers.
Over the last three of four seasons, Burnes has started in 28 or more games. This is the one thing that the Dodgers desperately need. Los Angeles has a good enough farm system that they can basically trade whoever they want to the Milwaukee Brewers for Corbin Burnes.
New York Mets
New York massively underachieved last season with a 74-87 record, which led to the firing of manager Buck Showalter and Billy Eppler resigning as general manager of the New York Mets. David Stearns, a former Milwaukee Brewers front office employee, is now the president of baseball operations for the Mets.
Stearns is looking to rebuild the roster and the farm system. If he is going to trade for Corbin Burnes, Milwaukee may not be getting a big return for him. Something is better than nothing. Burnes has been linked already to the New York Mets this offseason.