The Milwaukee Brewers traded star right-hander Corbin Burnes to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night for left-hander DL Hall, outfield prospect Joey Ortiz and a competitive draft pick.
It’s a blockbuster for the Orioles, who had a quiet offseason but remained hopeful they could add more pitching as they prepare to defend their AL East championship. Baltimore has a formidable core of young players – especially position players – but hasn’t been particularly aggressive in terms of signing free agents or making trades. The Orioles now acquire the 2021 National League Cy Young Award winner.
Burnes, who turned 29 in October, went 10-8 with a 3.39 ERA last year. In the previous three seasons, he had an ERA below 3.00, including when he went 11-5 with a 2.43 ERA in 2021.
He joins a Baltimore rotation that was good enough to help the team win 101 games last season — but remained more of a question mark than some other areas of the roster.
Kyle Bradish and rookie Grayson Rodriguez pitched well throughout the 2023 season, and now Burnes comes in as someone who can clearly be an ace when playing to his potential.
Baltimore sends Hall, 25, to the Brewers after going 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA last season. Ortiz is ranked as the No. 63 prospect in baseball.