Submitted by: realchaimbloom
February 25, 2023
Brewers refuse immediately. The last thing they would ever do is make their biggest rival much better while making themselves much, much worse. Hence is just beginning his career and no help for years. Liberatore would probably get returned to the minors. Crooks is a lottery ticket.
The package does sound a lot less appealing when you leave out the 26 year old gold glove winning utility man with elite on base skills and six years of team control remaining who had as much bWAR as Burnes last year in under 400 ABs.
Hence is a top 100 prospect with huge upside. Liberatore struggled in the majors last year, but he only threw like 30 innings, he’s only 23, and he was a top 50ish prospect going into last year. Crooks is a lottery ticket, but he’s the fourth piece and the lottery can be fun. The Brewers would also save around 9M this year and probably 15-20M next year. They likely take a small step back this year, but they would have a core that could contend for the next 5 years.
As for trading Burnes to the Cards, yeah that’s pretty unlikely.