Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Thursday there is "absolutely nothing" to the rumor that he might consider trading Ryan Braun to the New York Mets. Melvin said the only move being discussed involving Braun is one from left field to right field. "We have no intentions of trading Ryan," said Melvin, addressing a rumor from a New York blog that indicated the Brewers would be "more likely" to trade Braun than rightfielder Norichika Aoki in a possible deal for Mets first baseman Ike Davis. "There's absolutely no truth to that. We've never contacted any team about Ryan." Melvin said "four or five clubs" asked about Braun's availability at the recent meetings of general managers in Orlando, Fla., and the Mets might have been one of them. Melvin wouldn't identify those teams but said it merely was probing to see if the Brewers would shop Braun. "I told them no," said Melvin. The thinking behind any trade rumors involving Braun is that the Brewers would like to rid themselves of the stigma of Braun's 65-game suspension at the end of the 2013 season for his performance-enhancing drug link to the infamous Biogenesis clinic. He has a five-year, $105 million contract extension that kicks in with the 2016 season, and the Brewers owe him $127 million over the next seven years. Braun has some no-trade protection in his contract. The combination of the PED stigma, large contract and no-trade provisions would make any proposed deal involving Braun problematic. And, despite the PED taint, he has been one of the top offensive players in the majors since his rookie of the year season in 2007. Yet, if Braun doesn't perform on the field in 2014 as he has in the past, his trade value would plummet. His contract would become even more burdensome for the Brewers, who no longer can market Braun as the face of the franchise. Melvin had lunch last week in Los Angeles with Braun, manager Ron Roenicke and team principal owner Mark Attanasio, but Melvin said Braun's PED suspension and subseqent consequences were not the primary topic of conversation. And Melvin said there was no talk about a possible trade involving Braun.
Brewers might move Braun to right field
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Nov 24