Milwaukee Should Put Ryan Braun On The Trading Block
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Posted on November 9, 2013, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged albert pujols, alcides escobar, anaheim angels, biogenesis, c Taijuan Walker, carlos gomez, cc sabathia, corey hart, danny hultzen, erick aybar, howie kendrick, jake odorizzi, jean segura, josh hamilton, lorenzo cain, mark trumbo, michael brantley, Mike Trout, miller park, milwaukee, milwaukee brewers, Norichika Aoki, peter bourjos, ryan braun, safeco field, seattle mariners, WI, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.