Keep dreaming Mets fans, Ryan Braun won’t be traded anytime soon

Posted: November 20, 2013 in Hot Stove, Opinion

By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB2

About a year ago the Mets came up with a plan on how to fix their outfield. The plan was to sign a bat and trade for a bat. The Mets failed on that plan last winter and the aspect of bringing in an outfielder thru trade has looked a little more cloudy recently with so many Mets targets being deemed “unavailable.” Players such as Giancarlo Stanton and Carlos Gonzalez have been taken off the trade block seemingly before they were ever really put on the trade block. Wednesday, rumors swirled about a potential deal involving the Mets and Brewers OF Ryan Braun.

Braun, 30, was suspended without pay for the final 65 games last season after admitting to violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Braun tried to discredit the man who collected his urine sample in 2011 by telling peers, fans and teammates that he was a Cubs fan and an anti-Semitic. Braun comes with a ton of baggage which could be a problem with all the media in New York City. That being said he is more than worth it. Unfortunately…. he isn’t available. Braun is a superstar player and isn’t a giveaway despite all the reports today that the Brewers would “eat some of his money to get him out of Milwaukee.” Braun has 7 years a $113 million left on his contract and if he can hit like he did before his suspension he is worth every penny.

Matt Cerrone from Metsblog today reported that the Mets have had internal discussions about potentially acquiring Braun. Cerrone also says that the Brewers are more likely to trade Braun than any of their other outfielders in order to move Khris Davis into a full time role. I respect Cerrone a lot, he does a terrific job at MetsBlog but I strongly disagree with him on that one. A Wright/Braun combo in the middle of the lineup would be unlike anything the Mets have had in a very long time. Again though, it isn’t going to happen.

Despite his baggage, Braun would be one of the most sought after trade commodities if he was really available.

Despite his baggage, Braun would be one of the most sought after trade commodities if he was really available.

If Braun were available other teams would have more to offer than the Mets. If Curtis Granderson who missed most of the year and hit .228 is worth a four year deal than Braun is certainly worth seven years. That being said, Braun is not available as his value is at an all time low and the Brewers are doing everything they can to restore his image in Milwaukee as one of the games best. Braun spent his September away from the team calling season ticket holders apologizing for his actions. That doesn’t sound like a man who is about to be shipped out of town.

It is far more likely that the Brewers would trade Norichika Aoki who is about to enter the last year of his contract than Braun.

This is the kind of thinking that the Mets need to be doing. Acquiring players with high upside whose value is down around the league. Braun likely won’t be traded but keep trying Mets…


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