2. Tampa Bay Rays
In the number two spot is a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays that would see Adames return in exchange for Tampa's fourth ranked prospect Osleivis Basabe, Yoniel Curet and Greg Jones.
The Rays are now chasing the Orioles after their great season and adding Burnes as they look to cement their position atop the AL East. The Yankees made the big move for Juan Soto and the Blue Jays are always going to be in the hunt for the playoffs with their roster.
Basabe is MLB-ready and hit .296/.351/.426 in 94 Triple-A games last season. This came with 16 steals and 58 RBIs. He could immediately come into the starting shortstop position left by Adames and at 23 years old has plenty of room to grow with the rest of the young Brewers roster. He even featured late on in 31 games for the Rays and hit .218/.277/.310 in the majors.
Jones is a little older at 25 and was also in Triple-A baseball last season. The switch-hitting infielder batted .278/.344/.467 in 51 games. This would allow the Brewers to experiment with the two and Ortiz and use guys depending on matchups and even see if any can tie down the third base spot.
The final player the Brewers would get is 21-year old starter Yoniel Curet. Across Single-A and A+ he averaged a 2.94 ERA over 104 innings with a .149 batting average. He is certainly someone the Brewers could look to develop alongside their other young pitching talent coming through the ranks. With the likes of Jacob Misiorowski and Robert Gasser expected to be called up soon, Curet could the next one in the conveyer belt of pitchers that the Brewers develop through to the majors.
Overall, I quite like this trade and it gives the Brewers young pieces that can be effective now but with plenty of room to grow. Now onto top spot.