Submitted by: 6Brewsguy
May 19, 2023
|Comp Balance Pick||Minors||6.2||5||6.2||7.4|
6Brew, I can’t see how this helps the Brew Crew in any way unless you believe they are giving up and tanking. None of the maybes is anywhere close to the big leagues and the only pitcher in the deal, Montgomery, hasn’t done anything. Why would Milwaukee give away Burnes, get nobody to replace him, and take themselves out of contention for the very winnable NL Central division title? As a Brewers fan you know they have no depth to replace Burnes, so losing him makes the team much, much worse.
Rays need pitching, but they’re more likely to swim in the #4/5 pool than they are to swim in the #1/2 pool. Rays are also not likely to spend more than $20MM on any acquisition. It’s just not their style to mortgage the future for the present by spending so much on a trade acquisition. Last and certainly not least, there is no chance the Rays both overpay and trade their best prospects (ie: quality and excess). The Rays pass on this trade.
I don’t see either team wanting any part of this. Milwaukee won’t give Burnes away and get no immediate pitching help in return. They are already struggling to replace the injured starters, using replacement level or below guys just to fill a spot. Losing Burnes would be catastrophic to their chances at a division title. No way the Rays would take Burnes when they know they have no chance to re-sign him.