3 early Brewers offseason rumors that should have fans really concerned

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes / Stacy Revere/GettyImages
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A Corbin Burnes/Willy Adames package deal might be in the works

Corbin Burnes' name has been on the chopping block seemingly since the very beginning of the offseason, with some doomsayers even wondering if he could be traded to the Cubs in the worst kick-them-when-they're-down fashion following the departure of Craig Counsell to Chicago. A Burnes trade to the Cubs feels incredibly unlikely, but a Burnes trade elsewhere could be less so. His name has been so prominent in trade conversations for a reason.

The Brewers are down to only a few major pieces that they could play to fill in their many gaps without spending a good deal of money on free agents this offseason, and Burnes is one of them. Another is Willy Adames who, despite putting up a not so great .217/.310/.407 slash line this year, managed 24 home runs and 80 RBI and is an elite defender at shortstop.

Burnes and Adames have been variously linked to separate teams, but a rumor has emerged that presents a scenario which would be even harder to swallow: Burnes and Adames both being dealt to the Dodgers. MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal believes that the Brewers have backtracked on an LA deal, and compelling arguments against the possibility of a Burnes trade to any other teams have been made. However, the Brewers are clearly open to shopping their biggest pieces, and that alone should be cause for concern. Just because a Burnes/Adames package deal might not happen for the Dodgers, that doesn't rule out the possibility of it happening at all.