While it’s now hard to believe, there was a time when Ryan Braun was considered one of the positive faces of Major League Baseball. Every
team in the bigs would want to build around a player such as Braun, and the
Milwaukee Brewers were lucky enough to count him among their cornerstone
Oh how things have changed.
Braun is one of several players that have contributed to the
black eye that is performance-enhancing drug use, and he’s now more of a burden
than asset for the Brewers. As such, there are those that believe Milwaukee
should trade Braun.
Of course, it takes two to tango. By this I mean that there
must be a team willing to trade for Braun if the Brewers have any hope of dealing
him. At this point, this isn’t something that the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo believes
will happen. Cafardo spoke with a baseball executive who said he doesn’t
believe Braun is going anywhere.
“I don’t think he’s going anywhere. Someone would have to
take a big chance and nobody’s doing that on PED guys, especially for that
length of contract.”
Braun is owed another $117 million through the 2020 season.
He has a $20 million mutual option for 2021 that can be bought out for $4
million. He’ll be 37 years old in 2021.
Braun has also been one of the best young hitters in
baseball since joining the major-league ranks in 2007. He owns a career batting
line of .312/.374/.564, but who knows how much of that can be credited to PEDs.
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