MLB Rumors: Ryan Braun to Chicago, Houston or Baltimore?

MLB Rumors: Ryan Braun to Chicago, Houston or Baltimore?

The Milwaukee Brewers are one of the worst teams in baseball but still have star outfielder Ryan Braun in their roster. Is it time for the team to let go of one of their stars? Braun has been mentioned in latest MLB rumors as a guy who could be traded before the MLB trade deadline in August.

Through Tuesday’s games, the Rays have just won 35 games against 57 losses and a playoff run is not in sight this season. Milwaukee trading Braun could be good for their long-term plans and teams like the Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles have been mentioned as possible destinations for the star outfielder.

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“We might have forgotten about Braun, but he’s still one of the top left fielders in baseball. His contract makes him hard to move, as he’s set to receive $72 million over the next four years, but given his production — .313/.368/.507 — he could be attractive in a trade, especially if the Brewers maintain some of the salary,” Dieter Kurtenbach of Fox Sports suggested.

Braun signed a huge five-year deal worth $105 million with the Brewers in 2016 but at 32 years old he could be a valuable asset to any MLB contender this year. The Astros (50-43) and Orioles (53-48) are both in the playoff picture and having Braun in the line-up will help them go deep in a postseason run.

Braun’s contract includes stipulations can block trades going to the Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals.

“Houston, the White Sox, and Baltimore would all be solid fits for Braun, who would no question improve a team that’s in the playoff hunt. The Brewers will not be part of that class anytime soon, so there’s little reason to keep him around town — especially if they move catcher Jonathan Lucroy,” Kurtenbach added.

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Lucroy has been linked to MLB rumors including one deal that has the catcher going to the Texas Rangers. Lucroy can potentially hit free agency in 2017 and the Brewers might want to trade him for younger prospects.

In the 2016 season, Braun has played 76 games with .313 batting average with 44 RBIs, 92 hits and 13 homeruns. Should title contenders go aggressive at trying to get the six-time All-Star?

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