The Brewers are willing to trade anyone on their roster
The trades might not stop with Corbin Burnes and Willy Adames; Ken Rosenthal believes that no Brewers are safe from the possibility of a trade. This includes Christian Yelich, who is indisputably the face of the franchise. Yelich does have a no-trade clause, but the point here still stands. Everyone is at risk this offseason. The Brewers are willing to gut their team to build back up again.
It's sort of difficult to wrap your head around, given the Brewers' success this season. They're by no means shoe-ins for first in the NL Central next year, given the Cubs' and Cardinals' clear aggression this offseason, but they had more to build on rather than tear down to start again. Their problems — the need for an everyday third baseman, the need for a designated hitter after non-tendering Rowdy Tellez, the need for more pitching — don't seem to warrant this kind of finger-on-the-trigger mentality. Plenty of teams are dealing with the same issues without being ready to give up the entirety of their current roster.
Taking into account the wealth of young talent they've been developing and got good amounts of playing times in the majors, especially toward the end of the season, a total teardown doesn't make sense. Brice Turang, Sal Frelick, Joey Wiemer, and Garrett Mitchell, prospects the team was excited about going into the 2023 season and have already shown flashes of real proficiency in the major leagues, should all expect to be more regular presences if they don't find themselves on the chopping block.
The Brewers' willingness to turn their players over in a fire sale feels like an overreaction, but it's sort of unclear what they're overreacting to. This is definitely a rumor that we hope is overstated or just completely untrue, but it's one to keep an eye on either way.