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Should the Dodgers Pursue a Trade For Corbin Burnes and Willy Adames?

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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Noah Camras

Noah is an Associate Staff Writer for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan since he was a kid, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin — but Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are very quickly making a case to be on that list.

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12 Comments

    1. Glen, Not so much Adames but to get a guy like Burnes it’s well worth it. They really are in need to pitching. Both starting and a big closer. I think they could go with Lux at short. That’s his natural position. He was given a chance a 2-3 years ago and he wasn’t ready now. I think with his maturity he is now.

  1. They won’t sign any of the 4 SS, there hasn’t been a peep out of Boras since meetings 2 weeks ago. He represents Correa and Xander. San Fran, Cubs, Mariners, and Phillies are willing to pay what it takes for them. St. Louis a little less. Atlanta can’t tick off all the other young vets who have given the Braves home team discounts to extend them by paying close to market rate to Swanson.

  2. Just wonder if Andrew is saving his trade chips for Ohtani at the trade deadline. I hope he explores the Adames part of this for sure and I’d rather have Burnes than degree or Verlander as well. If it was my team to manage, I’d want Senga and Adames with Ohtani when he becomes available.

  3. The monies saved on the four un-resigned players ( Belli, TA, and 2x Turners) should then be spent wisely on four equally qualified players to replace those guys. It would be a big downgrade to replace all four spots with prospects, just to save money. Must maintain championship caliber expectations at all positions.

  4. And the Brewers get…
    Cartaya
    Pepiot
    Bobby Miller
    Busch
    Pages

    If that’s what it takes, I’d pass unless they threw in Woodruff too, even if they wanted Lux instead of Busch

  5. What would the Brewers demand in return? What would they need? Why would they give up either player? When does each become a free agent? Why did the author write this story without addressing these questions? Who supervises this author?

  6. Judge has privately stated to close friends he wants to be a lifetime Yankee. If the Yanks don’t come through he would only consider SF.
    Judge and the Dodgers is nonsense. Fugetaboutit!

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