I noticed this little tidbit from Ken Rosenthal at Rotoworld – The Brewers are now highly considering a trade featuring outfielder Ryan Braun. Braun can veto any trade with the except for a few teams – the Angels, Marlins, Dodgers, Nationals, and Rays.
The Brewers are terrible this season, much as I predicted earlier in the year. While I thought prime trade bait would be catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Braun has come back to life this season, showing much more production at the plate – five home runs and 18 RBI so far – and fielding better now that he is at his more natural position of left field. If the Brewers want to take advantage of this improvement of a guy who still has the capacity of being a star player, they will want to strike while the iron is hot.
Of course, this leads me to consider who would the trade partners be with Milwaukee, and for which players? Milwaukee needs pitchers desperately, along with a few outfielders. They do have Lucroy, but they also have a catcher in the farm system who isn’t too bad. A third baseman and shortstop might also be nice, but not as needed as badly as a power hitting outfielder not named Ryan Braun and some arms, both starting and bullpen.
Consider the non-veto teams listed above. Who among them have a stable of young talent that the Brewers would want to tangle with? Who would take a portion of Braun’s contract, which averages about $21 million dollars a year until 2020? Milwaukee would surely put this as part of the cost of doing business.
What are your thoughts? And who on your team do you think might be on the chopping block already?