May 21, 2024

Mark Feinsand from recently published an article discussing the latest speculations surrounding starting pitchers, with a focus on Milwaukee Brewers’ standout, Corbin Burnes.

Burnes has just one year remaining on his contract before entering free agency, and it appears that the Brewers are reluctant to engage in a competitive bidding process for his services. Consequently, it seems logical for Milwaukee to explore the possibility of trading Burnes either before the commencement of the 2024 season or prior to the conclusion of the trade deadline. The rationale behind this move is clear: by trading him, the Brewers can secure valuable assets in return rather than risk losing him without compensation in free agency.

Despite encountering a challenging start in the Wild Card game, Burnes delivered a commendable performance during the regular season in 2023. Concluding with a 10-8 record and a 3.39 ERA, Burnes registered 200 strikeouts and 66 walks in 193.2 innings. Given Burnes’ status as the presumed opening-day starter for the Brewers this season, the team is likely seeking a substantial return for their ace, preferably in the form of MLB-ready pitchers.

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Should the Atlanta Braves pursue Burnes, they might need to part with players such as AJ Smith-Shawver, Bryce Elder, or Hurston Waldrep—potentially a combination of two out of these three prospects. It’s crucial to note that any potential acquisition of Burnes by Atlanta would be for a one-year duration, as he is set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2024 season. Moreover, this scenario would coincide with Max Fried’s free agency, setting the stage for a bidding war for both pitchers.

The question then arises: Is Atlanta willing to pay the anticipated price for acquiring Burnes, considering the temporary nature of the arrangement and the subsequent potential bidding war for both Burnes and Fried?

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