One week from Sunday, Ryan Braun will become a “10 and 5” player with the Milwaukee Brewers, giving him full veto power over any trade. But does that really change anything in regard to the possibility that he might be traded? No, it doesn’t. “When it comes to the trade stuff, I don’t think it’s very relevant,” Braun said. Brewers general manager David Stearns agreed, using the same words: “not relevant.” First of all, what is “10 and 5” status, you ask? It means a player has been in the major leagues 10 years, including at least the last five with the same club. In Braun’s case, of course, all 10 years have been with the Brewers. Braun debuted with the Brewers on May 24, 2007, in San Diego, going 1 for 4 with a double, sacrifice fly, run scored and two runs batted in. There was an assumption that May 24 of this season would be his “10 and 5” day, but MLB obviously has a different accounting method, marking that status on May 14. “I had always assumed the same thing until I was told otherwise,” Braun said. “I had no idea. “It’s something to be proud of, obviously. It’s not easy to spend 10 years in this league and continue to have success.” Let me explain why “10 and 5” status doesn’t really change anything regarding Braun’s future with the Brewers. At present, there are only six teams to which he can be traded without his permission, but realistically that number is lower because Braun entered 2017 with four years and $76 million remaining on his contract, a non-starter for some of those teams.
Ryan Braun on 10-5 rights: Brewers know exactly which teams I'd be interested in
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 7