The Milwaukee Brewers are already at the bottom of the NL Central standings with a 9-15 record and are the third-worst team in the NL. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Brewers are close to going full rebuilding more and the first step will be trading away star outfielder Ryan Braun.
In a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the idea of rebuilding in Milwaukee and trading of Braun is becoming “more realistic” at the moment. The 32-year-old left outfielder still has four years and $76 million left on his contract after the 2016 MLB season.
Rosenthal noted that the best destination for Braun is the Los Angeles Angels where they have a big hole in the left field. The six-time All-Star would fit right in with Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun, but there would be a lot of obstacles to facilitate a trade.
The Angels have the worst farm system in baseball and owner Arte Moreno might not want Braun in his team. The length of his contract is a big problem as well as his connection to performance-enhancing drugs.
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Braun was famously suspended in 2013 following a violation of the MLB’s Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He was coming off an MVP season before he was caught in the middle of the BioGenesis scandal.
His reputation has taken a big hit and many teams would shy away from him. However, he had a bounce back season last year, but he only has six teams on his no-trade list.
According to MLBTR.com, Braun cannot block a trade to the Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres. He is a California-native that is why the Angels, Dodgers, Giants and Padres are on his list while Arizona is close to California.
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