It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Dodgers need to improve their starting pitching. No one could’ve predicted the starting pitching to go to absolute, you know what, but take away all the injuries and off-the-field issues, and they still probably wouldn’t have had enough to make a deep postseason run. Be it as it may, but with how things stood, their starting pitching was a big reason for their downfall in 2023.
The free agency market will be loaded with top pitchers, who the Dodgers should pursue; however, that’s not the only route to go. A trade is always in the mix, and with a team like the Dodgers, they have the resources to acquire a big-time ace.
One of the big-time aces LA has been interested in for seemingly forever is Milwaukee Brewers superstar Corbin Burnes. The rumors between the two sides have been constant, and the possibility of LA acquiring Burnes is as real as ever. However, the cost may be steep, at least according to MLB insider for Bleacher Report, Joel Reuter.
Reuter believes it could take a handful of LA’s top prospects to acquire the NL Cy Young winner.
A blockbuster deal to acquire Corbin Burnes would immediately solidify the top of the rotation and give Los Angeles one of the best pitchers in baseball as the staff ace. Even with one year of club control remaining he won’t come cheap, but it’s a price worth paying, especially if they can get some assurance he plans to sign a long-term deal post-trade.
Trade Proposal: RHP Corbin Burnes acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for IF Michael Busch, RHP Emmet Sheehan, C Hunter Feduccia(per Joel Reuter via Bleacher Report)
As we’ve seen throughout the game’s history, you could never have enough starting pitchers, and the addition of Burnes would be massive for the Boys in Blue.
Burnes, 29, is a native of California, and as we learned last offseason, the Brewers aren’t interested in the three-time All-Star long-term. What better way to make him happy than by returning to California and competing for a World Series title year after year?
LA has the resources to get it done, and although it may hurt to let go of the young talent, it’s clear the young bucks aren’t enough to get this team over the top.
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