The Milwaukee Brewers certainly have a situation on their hands with one of the best pitchers in the game. Corbin Burnes is a two-time MLB All-Star (2021-2022) and an NL Cy Young winner (2021). However, the writing seems to be on the wall that his time in Milwaukee may be coming to an end. Bob Nightengale of USA Today provided a major update to the (possible) pending Corbin Burnes trade.
Bob Nightengale Gives Timeline For Corbin Burnes Trade
An article written by Steve Zavala outlined the likely timetable of when Corbin Burnes is expected not to be a member of the Milwaukee Brewers anymore:
In his weekly “Nightengale’s notebook” column, USA Today Sports’ Bob Nightengale shared updates on a few players who have been in the trade rumor mill as of late, including Burnes. Nightengale noted that the Brewers “privately say” that they “have no intention” of trading Burnes ahead of the deadline.
Nightengale added that Milwaukee plans to keep Burnes on the team “until the winter,” and the right-hander “likely will be traded sometime this winter.”
Burnes’ future with the Brewers has been quite a storyline in the world of MLB for years now. Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio noted ahead of the 2022 season that the team would be open to reaching an agreement with Burnes on an extension deal, but the two sides did not end up coming to terms on such a contract last year.
Speculation regarding Burnes’ future in Milwaukee ramped up when he lost his arbitration hearing ahead of the 2023 campaign. The two-time All-Star was seeking $10.75 million for this season, but he was instead awarded $10.1 million.
Burnes, who is under contract with the Brewers for one more season, was not pleased with how this entire dilemma unfolded.
“There’s no denying that the relationship is definitely hurt from what (transpired) over the last couple of weeks,” Burnes said in February. “There’s really no way of getting around that. … Some of things that are said — for instance, basically put me at the forefront of the reason why we didn’t make the postseason last year — that’s something that probably doesn’t need to be said.”
Brewers general manager Matt Arnold said after the hearing that at the end of the day, the team respects “the process.”
Even a former player went off about the Brewers going to arbitration over “chump change” for one of the best pitchers in baseball. It no longer seems like and “if” Corbin Burnes is traded, but “when.” The Milwaukee Brewers have prided themselves in their elite pitching rotation for years now. It has been the biggest reason the Brewers have made the post-season four of the last five years. Since 2020, Burnes has been a big part of that rotation, however, his time in Milwaukee will likely be short lived because the ownership won’t pony up to pay him what he’s worth.
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