Miluakee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun could be traded this winter, according to many reports. The Brewers, however, have shot down those reports. General manager Doug Melvin said this to the Journal Sentinel, "We have no intentions of trading Ryan." "There is absolutely no truth to that. We've never contacted any team about Ryan."
Four or five teams have contacted the Brewers about Braun. "I told them no," Melvin said. I believe that although Doug Melvin shot down the idea of trading Ryan Braun, a deal could happen. The New York Mets have been believed to be a team "high" on Braun, and that they "could" trade for him. I like the New York Mets philosophy in thinking this, but Melvin seemed pretty clear that the Brewers are not trading Braun. I think a trade would make sense money-wise. Braun is owed $133 million from the 2014 season until 2020. Especially due to the PED scandal, there is a high probability that Ryan Braun is not going to be the same player he was in 2012 and prior to that.
From 2007 to 2012, Braun hit .313/.374/.568 with 202 HR and 643 RBI. Over that span, Braun averaged 37 HR and 118 RBI per 162 games. Braun was a fantastic player, and was widely regarded as one of the best young players in Major League Baseball. In 2013, Braun was tagged with a 65-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. It's unknown how long Ryan Braun took PEDs, but he in his short seven year career was a five-time all star, an MVP, and the Rookie of the Year. Could all of those awards and honors be given to a downright cheater? It's highly possible.
Should the Brewers continue to hold on to Braun's monster contract, even if he may only be a medicore player at best without PEDs? I do not think they should. They should get young talent, true talent, in return for Braun. They will not have to pay all his salary, they will get something in return (perhaps a lot), and will not be "defending" a PED player. This is a win all the way around for the Brewers.