The Milwaukee Brewers will have an interesting offseason ahead, and starting pitcher Corbin Burnes has been mentioned in trade rumors in the past. Burnes is 28 years old and will enter another arbitration year in 2024. The Brewers have question marks entering 2024 with some of the starting rotation.
Brandon Woodruff is out most of the 2024 season due to shoulder surgery. He is one of Milwaukee’s aces, and so is Corbin Burnes. Burnes, last season for the Brewers, had a 10-8 record with a 3.39 ERA and had 200 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.07.
The New York Mets will need starting pitching in the worst way entering the 2024 season. Kodei Senga was their best pitcher last season, and they are weakened at that spot. New York missed the playoffs last season, and David Stearns is currently the president of baseball operations for that franchise after spending several years with the Brewers organization.
Is it possible that the Mets could make a trade for him, or will it not happen?
The New York Mets Don’t Have the Prospects to Give the Milwaukee Brewers for Corbin Burnes, and the Brewers Shouldn’t Make this Move Anyways
The Mets don’t have the farm system at the moment to be trading away prospects for very good players. New York has to rebuild its farm system, and there was a reason why they made trades at the MLB trade deadline last season. They were barren of top prospects. They are completely rebuilding the farm system, and Stearns will have to do the same.
Burnes is a massive ace and an important player for the Brewers. They should not even trade him unless they were to get a massive return for him. A couple of players that the Mets should rather target via trade for starting pitching if they were to make a move is Tyler Glasnow of the Tampa Bay Rays and Dylan Cease of the Chicago White Sox.
Zachary Rotman wrote on risingapple.com:
“One player that made a ton of sense as a potential Mets trade candidate was Corbin Burnes who is set to hit free agency after 2024 season. It feels very unlikely that the small-market Brewers will be able to re-sign him, especially after their arbitration process last offseason, so getting something for their ace made some sort of sense. Milwaukee now could be taking Burnes off the market entirely due to the injury to fellow right-hander Brandon Woodruff. Milwaukee’s number two starter will be out for most, if not the entire 2024 season which is a huge blow not only for himself but for this Brewers team that wanted one more chance to compete before Burnes hit free agency. Milwaukee still had the chance to do that even if they traded Burnes as long as they had Brandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta healthy. Now, since Woodruff is out, a Burnes trade feels like a long shot. The Mets would have to completely overwhelm them.”
It is not a bad thing that the Mets would not go after him. They need to focus on rebuilding the baseball team rather than handing out big contracts. It did not bode well for them to give contracts to Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. They have to worry about potentially either giving first baseman Pete Alonso a contract extension or trading him in the offseason. Don’t worry, Milwaukee Brewers fans. Corbin Burnes should be in a Brewers uniform in 2024, but it remains to be seen what happens after that.