The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly getting “tons of calls” on RHP Corbin Burnes, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Brewers are getting tons of calls on hard-throwing RHP Corbin Burnes but have little inclination to trade him. More likely to possibly go: Brett Anderson and David Phelps, whose value is enhanced by having a contract with a team option for 2021— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 30, 2020
Burnes has had a spectacular bounce back season after an awful 2019. In 32.1 innings, he’s sporting a 2.78 ERA and 2.46 FIP. On top of that, he’s striking out 12.8 hitters per game. The righty reinvented himself over the offseason, replacing his four-seam fastball with a sinker and cutter while working in his changeup, which had almost never been used at the big league level.
It’s easy to see why teams would be interested in Burnes, but it’d be hard to see a trade coming to fruition. The 25-year-old won’t hit arbitration until 2022 and is under team control up to 2025. If they did move Burnes, it’d likely be for some of the best prospects in all of baseball.
Heyman notes that it’s more likely the Brewers will deal Brett Anderson, who’s under a one-year contract, or David Phelps, which could demand a high return with a cheap $4.5 million team option for 2021.
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