3) NY Mets trade target Corbin Burnes
While the Mets have recently signed Justin Verlander to replace Jacob deGrom, the Mets are still searching for options in their starting rotation as they have been linked to pitchers such as Kodai Senga, Carlos Rodon, and Jameson Taillon. If for some reason none of these options pan out and the Mets are looking to make another splash in their rotation, former Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes should be an option to explore.
The 28-year-old Burnes is scheduled to be a free agent after 2024 and there currently have been no signs from the Brewers of potentially extending him in the near future. As in custom Brewers fashion, it is widely expected that the organization will trade Burnes prior to him becoming a free agent as they more than likely will avoid ponying up the cash it will take to retain him.
Last season, Burnes posted a 2.94 ERA over 33 starts with 243 strikeouts in 202 innings pitched. That doesn't go without saying that Burnes also had posted a nasty 0.965 WHIP in 2022. It's rare for a Cy Young Award winner to hit the trade block, especially when they are not considered a rental so I can imagine the asking price for Burnes will be exorbitant and would easily cost the Mets multiple prospects and probably some Major League-ready talent.
I believe exploring a trade for Burnes should only be made if the Mets are unlucky in shoring up their rotation this winter with some of the previous options mentioned. But just think, how intriguing would it be though for the Mets to have three Cy Young Award winners in their starting rotation next season?