Corbin Burnes Milwaukee Brewers
Corbin Burnes #39 of the Milwaukee Brewers slides to his knees while fielding a bunt in the fifth inning against the New York Mets at American Family Field on September 25, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. John Fisher/Getty Images


  • Corbin Burnes is open to contract talk extensions, but the Brewers have yet to offer one
  • Burnes' value is expected to increase and reach a point where Milwaukee may not be able to afford him
  • His situation is somewhat similar to the case of Josh Hadder a few years ago

Corbin Burnes has proven to be a great pickup for the Milwaukee Brewers after being selected in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

Other players who were picked up before him turned out to be busts with the 27-year-old turning out to be one of the best pitching prospects that the league has seen in a long time.

After debuting in 2018, the two-time All-Star won the NL Cy Young award, the first for the organization since 1982.

It was not always easy sailing for Burnes who had his share of struggles in 2019.

At the time, he allowed an incredible 17 home runs in just 49 innings, producing a shocking 38.6% HR/FB rate and 8.82 ERA.

But there was a notable shift in 2020 in his game. He threw 59 2/3 innings in the shortened season with a 2.11 ERA, 36.7% strikeout rate, and 46.4% ground ball rate.

Given his progress, similar to other MLB players, there is the question of money.

Without question, a fresh lease could secure his services.

He mentioned to baseball journalist Adam McCalvy that he would be open to contract extension talks.

Unfortunately, nothing happened last year and it is the same case so far this season.

Burnes reached arbitration last season and is set to earn $6.5 million for 2022.

Assuming he stays the course, the California native is likely to get a huge raise for 2023 and 2024.

Regardless of how much money Burnes will be making in the coming years, there is no doubt that he deserves every single penny.

The Brewers are no strangers when it comes to dealing with this kind of situation.

In fact, they did the same with Josh Hadder, who saw his value shoot up moving forward.

It appears Burnes is pretty much aware of this possible scenario.

"We saw it with Hader. We might see it this offseason. I don't know what route the front office is going to take." Burnes stated. "Who knows what's going to happen this offseason. Who knows what's going to happen at the next MLB trade deadline."

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes
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