New York, NY - According to Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com, the New York Mets are having internal discussions about making a move to acquire outfielder Ryan Braun from the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are very willing to move Braun for the right price, especially after everything that happened this past season and the lies he was exposed telling.
Cerrone previously reported that the Brewers would rather move Braun than Norichika Aoki and would be willing to pick up part of Braun’s salary in order to force a change of scenery. It just doesn’t appear likely that Braun will be welcomed back to Milwaukee after everything that he’s put the franchise and fans through. The lies he told were very damaging, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a future elsewhere.
The Mets are looking to make a big move that could help them become competitive in the NL East once again. When Braun is on the field, he’s one of the most dangerous players on the diamond offensively. Adding Braun to the lineup would make them much more powerful.
We are unsure what the Brewers would be asking for in return for a Braun trade, but the Mets would have to give up a decent return. There have been reports that refute these rumors, but there are reports that the two teams have indeed discussed a potential trade. Obviously, there’s no way to find out just how serious the talks have become, but it makes sense that the Mets would try to acquire a big bat like Braun.
Before his suspension last season, Braun hit for a .298 average while belting nine HR’s and driving in 38 RBI’s. Those numbers aren’t terrible for playing just 61 games, but they also aren’t exactly what many have come to expect from him. It will be very interesting to continue monitoring these negotiations if they do indeed progress past the initial stages.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.