MLB Trade Rumors: 3 Potential Willy Adames Landing Spots in Trade


With the Milwaukee Brewers having dealt off the ace of their staff in Corbin Burnes, could that mean that other expensive stars are next? There has been trade talk surrounding both closer Devin Williams and shortstop Willy Adames. 

The slugging infielder fell one homer short of his third straight 25-HR campaign, but still managed 24 dingers and 80 RBIs. Overall, however, he was a below-average hitter due to his .217 average, .407 slugging and .310 on-base, leading to an OPS+ of 95. He's in his final year of arbitration and will be a UFA after the 2024 season.

If the Brewers do decide to continue selling, we have a look now at three potential destinations for the 28-year-old Adames. 

Miami Marlins

With no set starter at shortstop heading into the new season, the Fish are currently slated to use utilityman Jon Berti—who's best used as, yes, a utility guy—at short. And as noted by Joel Reuter of Bleacher Report, they have "no clear long-term shortstop option in the pipeline." In addition, the Marlins are desperate for some punch in their lineup, especially after potentially losing Jorge Soler in free agency.

San Francisco Giants

The team's longtime shortstop, Brandon Crawford has moved on after 13 years. The word earlier this offseason was that the Giants had their eye on Adames as a trade candidate, with the unproven prospect Marco Luciano pencilled in for the season opener at this point. For a team that hopes to get back to contention, Adames is a much clearer option. 

Tampa Bay Rays

Could a reunion be in the offing? The Rays are desperate for a shortstop, as Wander Franco's major league future is in doubt due to allegations he's facing in his Dominican Republic homeland of alleged inappropriate relationships with minors. His 11-year, $182 million contract is also in doubt, but so is the keystone in Tampa. So why not turn to an old friend? 

Adames, incidentally Franco's countrymate, spent the first 3 ½ years of his career with the Rays before they traded him to the Brewers, and they're naturally fully aware of Adames' talents.

We'll keep a close eye on the Brewers' next moves. 

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