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Dodgers Rumors: Corbin Burnes May Not Be Traded This Offseason, Says Insider

Milwaukee Brewers star pitcher Corbin Burnes has been one of the biggest names linked to the Dodgers in recent years, and with the team looking at starting pitching this offseason, many have put them together again. LA wants to heavily upgrade their rotation, and landing an ace-level pitcher is their ultimate goal.

The Dodgers may prefer to land a starter via trade rather than handing out a large free-agent contract. And with Burnes entering the final year of arbitration with Milwaukee, many believe the team would move him this winter.

However, MLB insider Ken Rosenthal poured cold water on that thought during an appearance on the Foul Territory show. Rosenthal was asked to rank the likelihood of ace starters to be traded, and he said Burnes may be staying in Milwaukee.

“Earlier in the offseason I would have put Burnes at the top of that list. I’m not so sure now, I’m hearing things out of Milwaukee basically saying “You know what we can compete with Burnes.”

Per Ken Rosenthal via Foul Territory

If true, this takes one of the better pitchers on the Dodgers’ radar off the market. Burnes would have given the Dodgers one of the better pitchers in the league, and they likely could have convince him to re-sign with them long-term.

The Brewers messed up their relationship with Burnes last offseason when they were cheap in the arbitration case, so they could always change their minds. Or they could move him at the trade deadline to see if they can compete this season.

Milwaukee does risk the chance that he will leave in free agency next offseason by doing this. But the Dodgers could always go after him when he hits free agency in 2025.

It remains to be seen what will happen with Burnes, but this news doesn’t bode well for fans who wanted Burnes. It’s not 100 percent confirmed, though, so until the Brewers say he’s off the market, we’ll continue to hope for a potential move.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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