Would the Brewers really trade Ryan Braun?
Brewers fans have all but called up local realtors in New York and Boston to help slugger Prince Fielder find a new home, based on the assumption that he’s leaving Milwaukee. But recent speculation suggests that it’s Ryan Braun who might be hitting the bricks in the near future. NESN.com reports that no less an authority than Hall Of Fame sportswriter Peter Gammons says “that there’s some talk” that the Hebrew Hammer might be dealt this off-season, an assertion supported by OnMilwaukee’s Andrew Wegner:
Sure, Braun is arguably the most popular player. But T-shirt sales don’t win championships; pitching does. And there is just no way that any team is going to offer up the kind of pitching the Brewers are seeking—and need—for a player, represented by Scott Boras, who hits the open market next winter like Prince Fielder.
As I mentioned at the end of September, Braun is locked into a very affordable contract for the next few years. Losing him would be a blow on the PR front, but if trading him brings back the kind of pitching the Brewers so desperately need, it shouldn’t even be a debate.
Hold on there, Andrew—let’s at least debate this thing. We’re talking about losing the team’s main attraction for a chance at improving our pitching that might not actually pan out. Also, let’s ponder the real issue here: Do we really want to trade Ryan Braun’s Waterfront Grill for a Boston Market? Think about it.