The Milwaukee Brewers won their arbitration hearing against ace and 2021 NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes. Burnes had filed to make $10.75 million while the Brewers countered with $10.1 million. The two sides could not come to an agreement and headed to a hearing. In speaking with the media today, Burnes said the only talk of a contract came two days before the hearing and was a “pretty poor” offer. He also got really honest about how hurtful the organization was to him throughout this whole process.
Corbin Burnes and the Milwaukee Brewers May Part Ways Soon
There is no doubt that if the Milwaukee Brewers are in the race for the NL Playoffs, Corbin Burnes will remain on the roster all season. However, once the season is over, the team will most likely start shopping him around. Burnes wants to be paid what he is worth, and for whatever reason the Brewers do not want to pay him anywhere close to that. Here is what he had to say about the process:
Every fear that going to an arbitration hearing against Corbin Burnes could harm his relationship with the Brewers was founded.
“There’s no denying that the relationship is definitely hurt from what [transpired],” Burnes said. pic.twitter.com/Xv8DFyiKde
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“You kind of find out your true value. You think you work hard for seven years in the organization, spend five years with the Big League team. You get in there and basically they devalue much different than what you think you contribute to the organization. Obviously it’s tough to hear, tough to take, but they’re trying to do what they can to win the hearing. But I think, obviously, there were better ways that they could have gone about it, and had been a little bit more respectful with the way they went about it.
“But at the end of the day, here we are. Obviously they won it, but when it came down to winning or losing it was more of that for them.”
Burnes was then told that this was the fans’ worst fear, that his relationship with the Brewers would be hurt by the arbitration process.
“There is no denying that the relationship is definitely, definitely hurt from what has perspired over the last couple weeks. There’s really no way of getting around that. Obviously we’re professionals and we’re going to go out there and do our job and keep doing what I can every fifth day that I go out there.
“But when some of the things that were said, I mean, for instance, basically put me at the forefront of why we didn’t make the postseason last year. I mean, that’s something that probably doesn’t need to be said. You can go about a hearing without having to do that.
To recap, the Brewers:
- Low-balled Burnes with a short-term contract
- Kept him away from his wife on Valentines Day
- Blamed him for the entire team not making the postseason in 2022
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