5 potential trade targets that could seriously alter Dodgers' 2023 season

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Corbin Burnes

Corbin Burnes is a name that every contending team is going to be watching during the deadline. Contract talks between the Cy Young winner and the Milwaukee Brewers have not been going well, with Burnes himself saying that the relationship was hurt.

Burnes has one more year of arbitration after this season, and if the Brewers are in a position to make a run at the Pennant, then the team by no means has to trade him. Milwaukee is currently leading the NL Central, so a trade may not be in the cards.

That being said, the roster is relatively thin, and it is not out of the realm of possibility that the Brewers are on the outside looking in by July. If so, a Burnes trade is almost a guarantee, and the Dodgers should definitely be a team that is interested.

There is no such thing as having too much pitching, even if the rotation will be in a much better place once the team gets healthy. Adding a front-line starter like Burnes could make the Dodgers one of the most unhittable teams in the league, while also making up for some bullpen woes, as the team can move back-end starters into the pen.

Just imagine if the Dodgers traded for Burnes, while Walker Buehler ended up ahead of schedule and returned for a postseason run. LA would have a playoff rotation of Burnes, Buehler, Julio Urías and Clayton Kershaw. Dustin May, Noah Syndergaard, Tony Gonsolin, Ryan Pepiot and even Gavin Stone could all pitch out of the bullpen.