The Dodgers need to make some moves this off-season. With the potential losses of Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Trea Turner, and the loss of Tyler Anderson, there are a lot of holes that need to be filled. They can look to the free agent market like they did last year when they added Freddie Freeman.
But we also know Andrew Friedman loves to poke around the trade market. That’s how he acquired Mookie Betts. That’s how he acquired Trea Turner and Max Scherzer. And maybe, this offseason, that’s how he’ll fill two of the Dodgers’ biggest needs.
Our Doug McKain has been discussing a potential trade for weeks now, where the Dodgers would acquire 2021 NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes and shortstop Willy Adames from the Brewers. The question is, should the Dodgers pursue it?
You can’t go wrong trading for a 28-year-old two-time All-Star starting pitcher. He would instantly become the ace of a staff that also features aces Julio Urias and Clayton Kershaw.
While Burnes wasn’t as dominant in 2022 as he was during his Cy Young season, he still went 12-8 with a 2.94 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, and a National League-leading 243 strikeouts. He also pitched 202 innings in 2022, which would be by far the most on the Dodgers — Anderson led the Dodgers with 178.2 innings pitched, and he’s now in Anaheim.
As for Adames, he’s never been an All-Star, but he has been a great hitter and has impressive power. He was second among shortstops in 2022 with 31 home runs, and third with 98 RBIs. He’s also an above-average defender, with nine defensive runs saved above average in 2022. He would fill a need at shortstop, without the Dodgers having to break the bank for one of the top four — Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson.
If the Dodgers are prioritizing shortstop over starting pitching this offseason, this may not be the move for them. They’ll most likely sign one of the big four. But if they think starting pitching is more valuable, and want another top-level ace like Burnes, this could be the perfect move for Friedman and the Dodgers to make. This is the kind of move that puts a team over the top in a postseason series.
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