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Milwaukee Should Put Ryan Braun On The Trading Block

Ryan Braun is coming back to start the 2014 year with the Brewers, but maybe the brass should be thinking about trading him to spread out the talent pool on their young squad?  Chances are the Pirates, Reds and Cardinals are going to get the best of the you for the next few years, and you really have to take stock in the 2013 winter Free Agent's.  Their is a huge need out there for an OF like Braun.  One has to think whether or not he will be 100% ready to come back to Milwaukee - as that is a lot of baggage to go through initially.  Read the rest of the piece to see who I think could be a potential suitor!

Ryan Braun is coming back to start the 2014 year with the Brewers, but maybe the brass should be thinking about trading him to spread out the talent pool on their young squad? Chances are the Pirates, Reds and Cardinals are going to get the best of the you for the next few years, and you really have to take stock in the 2013 winter Free Agent’s. There is a huge need out there for an OF like Braun – if he were to be made available via trade. . One has to think whether or not he will be 100% ready to come back to Milwaukee – as that is a lot of baggage to go through initially. Read the rest of the piece to see who I think could be a potential suitor!

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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Okay, I maybe a little late on my thoughts of Ryan Braun, but I wasn’t writing for this website at the time the fiasco went down.  I am not going to spend too much time talking about his suspension either.

My purpose of writing this piece is to say that the Brewers should trade the jaded superstar before they even start play in 2014.

Let’s face it, the man’s talents may be in question, however the dude put up monster numbers during 2012 – when the entire world had their sights set on him.  Yet this is different.

Braun has been exposed for the ‘Fraud’ that he is.  More than just setting a bad example, he lied to the fans of the Brewers, and to that entire town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Miller Park was once privy to attendances of over 3 Million fans just a few years ago in 2011, when they had players like Zack Greinke and Prince Fielder alongside Braun.  But both are no longer with the team, and now the fans venom may be felt towards Braun.  With the team likely a few years away from competing in the NL Central, perhaps is best if they trade away their troubled superstar?

Miller Park was once privy to attendances of over 3 Million fans just a few years ago in 2011, when they had players like Zack Greinke and Prince Fielder alongside Braun. But both are no longer with the team, and now the fans venom may be felt towards Braun. With the team likely a few years away from competing in the NL Central, perhaps is best if they trade away their troubled superstar.

Of course we also recollect, that #8 threw that Fedex employee completely under the bus.  But there is another reason the Milwaukee franchise should trade him:  they are not in the same league as the Cardinals and Reds right now, and I am not even certain they just aren’t the worst team in the NL Central.

The cupboard is not bare though.  A great 2012 late season trade – saw the club pick up Jean Segura for departing Free Agent Zack Greinke.  This was a great move.

2013 also saw the emergence of Carlos Gomez as one of the most well-rounded OF in the National League.

The 2014 edition of the club loses Corey Hart (not that he played very much in 2013).

The organization also must figure out to do with Yovani Gallardo in moving forward.

Good teams now all have a window of when a team can win.  With the salary demands what they are, and success for your franchise expediting that process, realistically it is about 4 – 5 years.

The minute the Brewers traded for C.C. Sabathia, the clock began to tick.  While that trade didn’t cost them the world, Michael Brantley is an everyday player in the MLB for the Cleveland Indians right now.

The one trade that may sting was to acquire Greinke for Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Jeffries and Jake Odorizzi (later flipped in the Wil Myers trade that saw the Royals pick up James Shields.)

But this is the price of doing business.  Milwaukee made the playoffs for the 1st time in 26 years in 2008, behind the awesome pitching display of Sabathia.

In 2011, armed with Greinke as their #1 ace, the club made it all the way to the NLCS.  But much like 2009, when the club said goodbye to Sabathia, in 2012 the team no longer could afford Prince Fielder any more.

Later that campaign, the brass did a smart move to trade Zack Greinke.

It is unfortunate that the squad gave all of its superstar money to Braun, thus letting the other 3 superstars walk like they have.  At the same time, other than Greinke playing well for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sabathia and Fielder are not putting up awesome numbers anymore.

This goes all the way back to what I was saying in the upper paragraphs.  Braun’s efforts will be wasted in the Brewers uniform for the next 2 – 3  years, and possibly by the time you are good again, he will be overpaid.

I am of the belief that Braun will struggle in the MLB in 2014.  It is not only the fact he is known as a liar in Milwaukee, but he is going to be on the hit list of every opposing fanbase when the team travels on the road.  This kind of animosity takes awhile to adjust to.

The management should really look at the minimal amount of good Free Agents available in the market this year, and consider what Braun could return in a trade.

In this case, you would like to become younger, with assets of pitchers or other position players.  Could you imagine what the Texas Rangers would be willing to give up to pull in this cat?

Or what about the KC Royals, who have to go all in or nothing in 2014.  A sleeper team could be the Seattle Mariners – who have about 2 or 3 talented pitchers in AAA last year in Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker.

Seattle is a perfect escape route for Braun.  He has played in a dome his whole life.  If there is any team that could absorb his salary for the next 7 years, it is this club.

Ryan Braun had been one of the most consistent hitters in MLB over the  5 years  from 2008 - 2012 and had won 5 straight Silver Slugger Awards has made 5 straight ALL-Star Appearances.  Ryan Braun's 162 Game Average heading into 2013  was scary for Pitchers. .37 HRs, 118 RBI, 113 Runs Scored, 41-2B, 23 SB, 200 Hits and a .313/.374/.943 Slash Line. One thing that a lot of skeptics pointed out about his performance - is that he had 41 out of 43 good nonths since he joined the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007 prior to the whole BioGenesis scandal being made public.

Ryan Braun had been one of the most consistent hitters in MLB over the 5 years from 2008 – 2012 – and had won 5 straight Silver Slugger Awards,m also 5 straight ALL-Star Appearances prior to the 2013 campaign. Ryan Braun’s 162 Game Average was also scary for Pitchers. at – 37 HRs, 118 RBI, 113 Runs Scored, 41-2B, 23 SB, 200 Hits – and a .313/.374/.943 Slash Line. One thing that a lot of skeptics pointed out about his performance – is that he had 41 out of 43 good months since he joined the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007 – and prior to the whole BioGenesis scandal being made public. Braun hit .298/.374/.869 in 225 AB for this last year – with 9 HRs and 38 RBI.  These numbers represented the worst stretch of play in the Majors.  Still awesome numbers, but what will the 2014 numbers look like now that he is an admitted liar?

I would also say that Tampa Bay, St. Louis or Oakland would be a nice fit – because they the young pitching, but they can’t afford the man’s escalating salary.

Maybe, just maybe, the Brewers can go back to the Angels one more time and deal Braun for a player like Mark Trumbo, OF like Peter Bourjos and perhaps one other player like Erick Aybar or Howie Kendrick to sweeten the pot up.  It would be a win – win situation for both clubs.

While I would hate the Angels more than ever, can you imagine an OF of Mike Trout, Ryan Braun and Josh Hamilton – included into a lineup that also featured Albert Pujols?

If you think I am crazy now… Braun’s contract only calls for him to make $10 MIL in 2014 and $12 MIL, before the annual bump to $19 MIL per year.  So that means Hamilton would only have 2 years left on his deal by the time that Braun is at his maximum part of his deal.

Mike Trout also will not become a Free Agent until Hamilton comes off the books entirely.  Arte Moreno has shown us before he is willing to spend the dollars.

The Brewers would be well off to receive a legitimate power hitting 1B, a nice hitting 2B – and yet another speedy OF to compliment Carlos Gomez and Norichika Aoki.

Judging by the recent attendance slagging at Miller Park, it won’t matter whether or not Braun is hitting in your lineup.  You add the fact that he is not a hero as much as he should be anymore, maybe a fresh scene is just what the guy needs.

Miller Park is one of the best parks to watch a game in.  They actually give away a free fridge full of beer to the best tailgate in the parking before the lot.  However with the loss of key players over the last few years, plus the saga of the Ryan Braun, how much more will the fans endure to show up at the park.  The 2013 version of the club, finished 74 - 88 (4th in the NL Central), with Braun missing 65 games.  But seriously the team was headed nowhere with their talent base, so why not trade him for 2 or 3 younger players, that could be part of the core nucleus when the team competes again?

Miller Park is one of the best parks to watch a game in. They actually give away a free fridge full of beer – to the best tailgate in the parking lot before the game. However with the loss of key players over the last few years, plus the saga of the Ryan Braun, how much more will the fans endure to show up at the park. The 2013 version of the club, finished 74 – 88 (4th in the NL Central), with Braun missing 65 games. But seriously the team was headed nowhere with their talent base, so why not trade him for 2 or 3 younger players, that could be part of the core nucleus when the team competes again?

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