It's only gotten worse since MLB insider Ken Rosenthal threw cold water on the Brewers' chances of trading Corbin Burnes. There's been ... nothing to report. Unless you want to count Jon Morosi saying the Dodgers are "enamored" with the right-hander, something a 16-year-old Dodgers fan could've told you.
Burnes has been a trade candidate for what feels like forever. Had the Brewers not experienced a resurgent 2023, he probably would've been somewhere else in August. But the Brew Crew got their act together and apparently remain confident enough to compete in what's still a weak NL Central.
They just extended top prospect Jackson Chourio to an eight-year, $80 million deal before he even reached Triple-A. Outside of Brandon Woodruff and Craig Counsell, they didn't really suffer any losses. And Counsell's departure within the division (he left for the Cubs) has them out for blood in 2024, it would seem.
If that's the case, they have almost no incentive to trade Burnes now. They can see how they do through June/July and then move the Cy Young winner at the deadline when there will be even more demand for him. Much like the Padres with Juan Soto, it's a win-win from their perspective.
And it's more uncertainty for the Dodgers.