Hold tight to the idea of the Milwaukee Brewers going full rebuild in the wake of Brandon Woodruff's injury/Craig Counsell's defection, Dodgers fans. But don't let a far more realistic idea pass you by while you wait.
It's long been rumored that Brewers shortstop Willy Adames is the apple of the Dodgers' eye, and aggrieved ace Corbin Burnes would look very nice paired with him in a trade package (though an extension is unlikely for the Boras client).
Instead of pulling off a coup this offseason, though, the Dodgers might just have to hope that money talks next year (and that Boras returns their calls).
When asked about the possibility of a full Brewers fire sale, MLB insider Robert Murray threw cold water on the proceedings on this Thursday's episode of The Baseball Insiders podcast (and took Freddy Peralta nearly off the table, too). But there is still a silver lining for the pitching-hungry Dodgers. Just because Burnes might be a pipe dream doesn't mean that ace-level production won't be available soon.
The Rays, per Murray's sources, are actively shopping Tyler Glasnow, who is officially far more likely to be dealt than Burnes and Dylan Cease (18:20 below).
Dodgers should zero in on Tyler Glasnow trade instead of Corbin Burnes package (if they want to get it done quickly)
"I would be relatively stunned if [Glasnow] is not moved at some point this offseason," Murray decisively concluded.
"The Rays are listening on Glasnow. There's going to be plenty of interest there. Really talented pitcher, signed for one year. Obviously, $25 million is a pretty high number, and that's part of the reason he's a trade candidate. The Rays just can't pay that."
Murray then went on to specify that the Dodgers, as well as the purportedly "aggressive" Braves, make sense for Glasnow, as well as a handful of other unnamed teams interested in acquiring electricity.
Glasnow hasn't been a picture of durability over the past several years. Unfortunately, he hasn't really been a picture of anything, barely visible while making 21, 2 and 14 starts the past three seasons.
The Dodgers and Rays have never-ending overlapping ties, and without Clayton Kershaw (for at least the first half of the season), Tony Gonsolin, Julio Urías and Dustin May, Andrew Friedman needs to milk the familiarity between the two sides as best he can. This can't be the Dodgers' only bite at the apple, but if Burnes hits the backburner, it might be their only chance to catch legitimate lightning in a bottle.