After a noisy trade deadline full of rumors linking Ryan Braun to the Dodgers, rumors on that front have grown silent this winter. That changed Friday afternoon.
While he didn’t suggest negotiations are ongoing, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported the Giants aren’t currently pursuing Braun and the Brewers slugger could fit the Dodgers.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 6, 2017
The idea of a Braun-Dodgers marriage is nothing new. He’s a corner outfielder with pop who grew up in the Los Angeles area. The mention of his name is often loathed by fans because he defeated former Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp for the NL MVP award during a season in which he took performance enhancers.
L.A. has reportedly long been interested in Braun. It nearly acquired him for a Yasiel Puig package after Milwaukee claimed Puig on waivers in August 2016. Morosi said the focus is currently on Dozier. Minnesota has played those talks tough, so Braun could be the next target if negotiations with the Twins break down.
Braun is owed $19 million in 2017 with $57 million due in his age 34-to-36 seasons. The financial circumstances may not be as black and white as they appear, however. We explained how Milwaukee and L.A. could reach a deal in which Braun is owed $62 million total over four years – a below-market value.
While the Dodgers may be reluctant to take on more future salary commitments, San Francisco is near its paywall. The Giants signed Mark Melancon and dipped out of the free agent market. It’s unlikely the team has the financial and prospect capital available to complete a trade with the Brewers.
Braun has a limited no-trade clause. He previously could’ve only been traded to the Dodgers, Giants, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins. He’s rumored to update that list, though no details are known. Braun obviously values the west coast and he went to college at the University of Miami.
Braun gains 10-5 rights in May 2017, meaning he can block any trade at any time. Milwaukee would lose any leverage it has at that time. The Brewers could begin pushing to move him sooner rather than later with that in mind.