Willy Adames (and Corbin Burnes?)
It's unlikely the Brewers trade either Willy Adames or Corbin Burnes in the first place, considering the NL Central remains both weak and winnable, and Milwaukee -- and top prospect Jackson Chourio, who should be there Opening Day -- don't have much reason to throw in the towel.
Of course, any reason they do have is financial. Both Adames and Burnes will be free agents when 2024 ends, and after the Brewers were forced to non-tender Brandon Woodruff during his shoulder rehab, can they really stomach getting nothing for their next batch of walking stars?
Last winter, they chose to fight Burnes over $750,000, permanently tarnishing their relationship and likely sending him into free agency free of worries. This season, things went more amicably; Burnes and the Brewers surprisingly settled at $15.6 million, a hefty (but not unreasonable) price tag.
Milwaukee also settled with their Derek Jeter-loving shortstop; they'll be paying Adames $12.25 million. That's an unpalatable sum for the Yankees, who would prefer to pay Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza rookie scale to man the position. Maybe the Yankees will entertain one or both of these names in free agency (after Gleyber Torres leaves), but they likely won't do it now.