Baltimore Orioles Trade for Corbin Burnes

by Mike Schneider
Corbin Burnes Baltimore Orioles

As pitchers and catchers prepare for Spring Training, the Baltimore Orioles trade for Corbin Burnes! In return, DL Hall, Joey Ortiz and the 34th pick in the 2024 MLB Draft will be traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Baltimore Orioles Trade for Corbin Burnes

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Corbin Burnes Impact with the Baltimore Orioles

In Kyle Bradish and Grayson Rodriguez the Orioles have a couple of good pitchers but were lacking an ace. There are only so many true number one starters in baseball and the Orioles acquired one at a reasonable cost.

Burnes was not quite as dominant in 2023 as he was in the previous two seasons. However, he still struck out 25%5% of batters with a .199 batting average against and a 1.07 WHIP.

A rotation of Burnes, Bradish, Rodriguez, John Means, and Dean Kremer is quite formidable. With a talented young offense, the Orioles have a chance to win 100-plus games again in  2024.

When Gunnar Henderson won Rookie of the Year, the Orioles were rewarded with pick 32 of the 2024 MLB draft. Despite trading away their competitive balance pick, the Orioles still have three picks in the first two rounds of the draft.

The Trade from the Brewers Perspective

I thought when the Brewers signed Rhys Hoskins recently that they were going to attempt to compete in the wide-open NL Central at least initially. However, The Brewers' rebuild has begun. Expect Devin Williams, Willy Adames, and William Contreras to be moved at some point. If Hoskins gets off to a solid start, he may very well finish 2024 on a different team.

For DL Hall and Joey Ortiz, the trade to the Brewers will give them an opportunity for a significant role in the majors in 2024.

The lefthanded DL Hall has an electric arm and has been a top pitching prospect for years. He was very good out of the bullpen at the end of 2023. It remains to be seen if Hall has the command to be a starting pitcher in the majors. Hall will likely get a chance to start with the Brewers.  Since being drafted in 2017, Hall has only thrown six innings in a game a handful of times.

Joey Ortiz is a solid prospect who was often overlooked with the plethora of Orioles infield prospects. Ortiz is strong defensively and is capable of playing shortstop if Adames is dealt. He is not likely to develop into a star but he has a chance to be a major league regular who does a lot of things well.

The Brewers will have four picks in the first two rounds of the 2024 draft. In addition to pick 34 that they acquired from the Orioles, the Brewers have picks 17, 58, and 68.

Final Thoughts on Trade

It has been an exciting week to be an Orioles fan with the new ownership and the Orioles' biggest acquisition in years.  Burnes can be a free agent after the 2024 MLB season, perhaps with the new Orioles ownership they will have more of a chance to sign Corbin Burnes to a long-term contract.

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