Milwaukee Brewers: Corbin Burnes
At 27, Corbin Burnes is the reigning NL Cy Young winner. He is arbitration-eligible with the Milwaukee Brewers this season and will be a free agent in 2025. He is most definitely an arm you’d love to see in the Cardinals rotation.
Burnes pitched 167 innings in 28 games, going 11-5 with a 2.43 ERA. He tossed an impressive 234 strikeouts and a 33.8% called-strike rate.
Burnes has a deep pitching arsenal with a cutter, a curveball, a changeup, a slide, a sinker, and a four-seam fastball. The cutter is his most used pitches and averages 95.2 mph with a vertical drop of 18.7-inches and an active spin of 53%.
He would be great to see in the top half of the Cardinals rotation. The Brewers aren’t likely to trade their top-pitcher. Especially to the Cardinals.
Yes, Christian Yelich is another player you’d love to see with the Cardinals but with his back issues and a 9-year contract worth $215 that takes him through 2028, and a mutual option for 2029, it’s inconceivable. Plus, Tyler O’Neill and Harrison Bader are pretty great.