The Dodgers plan to be aggressive this offseason in upgrading their starting rotation after it was such a weak point in 2023. They will look at both free agency and the trade market for talent to bolster their rotation.
One team that fans should keep an eye on this winter is the Milwaukee Brewers. They have a few pieces that the Dodgers could be interested in like starting pitcher Corbin Burnes and shortstop Willy Adames among others. But Burnes should be the main target for LA with their need for pitching.
With the Brewers having lost manager Craig Counsell to the division rival Chicago Cubs, and one of their better starters, Brandon Woodruff, being out for the year, it feels like a firesale may be coming. MLB insider Ken Rosenthal pretty much confirmed that recently, and the Dodgers should look to strike.
“Those sources, briefed on the Brewers’ discussions but not authorized to discuss them publicly, say the team is open to moving virtually any player on its roster.”Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic
Getting Burnes would be a game-changer for the Dodgers, and he would instantly bolster their starting rotation. He would slot in as the ace of this team, and they likely could get him to sign long-term as well.
Burnes is one of the best pitchers in the game today, and he would be a massive upgrade for LA. Last season for Milwaukee, he posted an ERA of 3.39 and a WHIP of 1.07 over 32 starts. He also struck out 200 batters over 193.2 innings of work.
The Dodgers know how good he is, but he reminded them of that when he faced off against them back in August. In Dodger Stadium, Burnes threw seven no-run innings, allowing just two hits and striking out nine. He was dominant from the moment he stepped on the mound, and LA couldn’t recover.
The front office should do whatever it takes to land Burnes this offseason, and this is the time to get him. He needs a change of scenery, and the Dodgers need a front-line starter to head into 2024 with.
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