Thursday, May 05, 2016
(5/05/2016 03:32:00 PM) - Al
I just saw your post with the link to the article about how the Brewers should trade Braun.
I know with the Internet, any yahoo can write an article and post it, but really, they should think things through first. This is my opinion.
First the writer says Braun's contract isn't that bad, but to help promote a trade the Brewers should eat all of the 2016 salary. I understand eating salary would help get better prospects in return, but with Braun producing, the Brewers shouldn't have to eat salary, or at last not all of it.
Then the writer discusses Boston as a potential destination. Fine. But then he says it would make sense to trade both Braun and Lucroy in one deal. The Brewers would never get enough back in return. Braun and Lucroy are the two most valuable trade chips the Brewers have, with Lucroy the most valuable chip. If both were to be traded, I think they have to go in separate deals in order to maximize the return and the number of prospects.
And the suggestion that the Brewers would have to take on one or two of Boston's "bad" contracts is crazy. The writer says Braun's contract isn't that bad, but then he says the Brewers might have to take on bad contracts to trade Braun.
I really didn't read the rest of the article because the writer lost all credibility with me.
Here's the thing, and this is my opinion, the Brewers don't HAVE to trade Braun. He is still the face of the franchise and is marketable despite the PED use in the past. That said, they can trade him if the RIGHT deal comes along.
Why does everyone think Braun is dead weight and the Brewers have to do whatever they can to get rid of him.
Keep up the good work on the blog.
Sadly, whenever "stats guys" try and write about other parts of the game, you often end up with gobbledygook like this...and hence, why math tends to be considered nerdy or unimportant by many.
Bert makes several good points, but the pairing of Lucroy and Braun one is especially on point....a team that needs a C and a LF/RF that can afford $24M and has several solid prospects to deal...very unlikely, to say the least.
5/05/2016 03:32:00 PM