The Los Angeles Dodgers are heading into the 2023 season as a top-five favorite to win the World Series. Although those are great odds, this team is different from Dodger teams in the past. LA lost many key players this past offseason, replacing them with young prospects and players they signed for one-year deals.
And those are just position players; when discussing the pitching staff, ace Walker Buehler will likely be out for the entire year recovering from Tommy John surgery, and they southpaw Tyler Anderson to the Anaheim Angels.
The pitching staff added Noah Syndergaard, who will look to redeem himself in 2023. Still, LA’s overall rotation remains suspect at the moment; however, that could change by the trade deadline in the summer.
MLB analyst of Bleacher Report Brandon Scott wrote a column predicting where star players could land before the end of the 2023 season. Scott predicted the Boys in Blue landing Shohei Ohtani from the Anaheim Angels and Corbin Burnes from the Milwaukee Brewers. We’ll be focusing on Burnes for this one, though.
Here’s what Scott said about Burnes to LA.
The Brewers aren’t looking to trade their best players unless they’re non-contenders leading up to the deadline, but Burnes has acknowledged a fractured relationship with the franchise that would lead one to believe the end is in sight.
If the lack of a long-term deal is not disappointing enough for Burnes, the fact that he went to arbitration with the Brewers for roughly $750,000 (and the team won) has to leave a stain.
The Dodgers, however, should be motivated to pounce.Brandon Scott, Bleacher Report
As Scott mentioned and news broke weeks ago, the relationship between the Brewers and Burnes is not on good terms, and he could very well be moved before the trade deadline.
Burnes won the NL Cy Young award two seasons ago, and potentially adding an arm like Corbin’s would bolster the Dodgers’ championship odds.
Burnes, Julio Urias, and Clayton Kershaw would be a lethal rotation in the postseason.
The Brewers would do their best to get as much from the Dodgers if he is available for a trade, but we all know Dodgers president Andrew Freidman isn’t afraid to trade prospects for superstar talent.
Dodger fans should be rooting for a disastrous start for the Brewers if they want any shot at talks for Burnes. We’ll see how this plays out.