1. Miami Marlins
Taking the top spot is this deal with the Miami Marlins and I like it a lot. In return for Adames the Brewers would receive Xavier Edwards, Sixto Sanchez and the Marlins' ninth ranked prospect Troy Johnston.
The Marlins have struggled in the shortstop position and Adames would be the perfect player for them and could potentially be immediately offered an extension should he take his talents to Miami.
For the Brewers this deal is brilliant. Xavier Edwards is more than ready to feature in the majors and in 30 games for Miami in 2023 he was hitting an impressive .295/.329/.333. The switch-hitter lit up the Triple-A level with a staggering .351 average in 93 games. He is not necessarily a power hitter but he gets on base well and can easily slot straight in at shortstop.
Sanchez is the big intrigue here as he is a former top prospect and everyone is aware of the talent he has on the mound. In the shortened 2020 season, he pitched in seven games for the Marlins, with a 3-2 record and 3.46 ERA. In July of 2021 he underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder and then again in October of 2022. He has been rehabbing since and made his return to the mound in September of last year where he pitched a scoreless frame. That right shoulder is of course a concern but there is the potential for so much upside with Sanchez and he can be immediate help following the Burnes trade.
The last piece of the trade is left-handed first baseman Troy Johnston who at 26 should be looking to be called up soon. Across 134 games at Double-A and Triple-A last year, he hit .307/.399.549 including 26 home runs and 116 RBIs. Of course Rhys Hoskins is the new first basemen for the Brewers but having the alternative of Johnston is no bad thing.
This trade if offered would be one I would like the Brewers to explore and it will be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks leading up to Spring Training.