Milwaukee Brewers ace Corbin Burnes is one of the premier starting pitcher trade candidates this off-season. Tyler Glasnow was previously in this group, but he was recently traded by the Tampa Bay Rays to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He then agreed to sign a five year, $136.5 million contract extension.
For other organizations they may be wondering if they could pull off something similar with Corbin Burnes. It makes sense that a team would want to lock up a valuable player to a long term extension after spending the resources needed in order to acquire him. However, not all players are open to this and would rather enter free agency and have their choice on where to sign.
On Foul Territory TV Corbin Burnes revealed his thoughts regarding the possibility of a sign and trade scenario.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes would have to be ‘blown away’ by an offer in order to avoid free agency.
Erik Kratz questioned Corbin Burnes if him and his agent had discussed sign and trade scenarios. He also wanted to know if he would be open to something like that.
“Being in my shoes and being a year away from it (free agency), if a trade and extension deal came up… you know obviously every guy that gets this close to free agency wants to test the market and see what your true dollar amount is and what teams are really in on you.”
“It (contract extension offer) would have to be something that would just absolutely blow you away in order to get you away from testing the free agent market. Being able to choose where you want to go. I think that’s the one thing that every player in their career wants to get to. Once you get to that six years of service time, which sometimes takes players eight or nine years to get, you want to test the market and see what your top dollar amount is.”
Should teams explore the possibility of trading for Corbin Burnes and then extending him, they could make the deal contingent on him signing a contract extension. This is what the Dodgers did with Tyler Glasnow. It sounds like the deal would have to be outrageous in order for Burnes to accept it and that he is adamant on entering free agency, but he also did not rule out the possibility of a trade and extension.
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