Tuesday, May 31, 2016
(5/31/2016 12:16:00 PM) - Al
Top ten trade candidates include 3 Brewers (5 if you count Jeffress as honorable mention and Smith as being injured), but not Aaron Hill, who should be in the top five, as he would interest any team needing a 2B, 3B, or utility player. Ryan Braun is #3, and again, I simply people are ignoring the facts:
1. Braun wants to stay in MIL.
2. Braun only has 6 teams he is willing to go to, and only a couple are realistic options. I do not feel there is enough competition there to receive a marketable offer.
3. His constant nagging injuries make him a huge risk considering the money he is owed on his contract. A team would take that risk as a free agent, but not when they are forced to give young talent back.
4. I do not think Stearns is going to agree to pay a penny of Braun's deal, as he is not overpriced per his production. Again, see #3.
5. Braun seems to have a great relationship with Mark A and the new regime. Remember he said how he had talked to Stearns "several times" when he came to MIL for the Thanksgiving food drive? A few days later, Lind was dealt and admitted he "had just talked to Stearns for the first and last time." Braun has been nothing but positive about the city, team, and rebuild.
I just don't see that adding up to a trade.
Lucroy, yep, surprised a bidding war has not already begun, as he is worth 4-5 wins over 162, and still 2.5-3.5 for this current season...maybe more if a team has a well below average pair of backstops. Carter is a fit as a 1B or LF for many clubs, and RH power is always in short supply. Jeffress yes because he has shown he has be a "closer" which is mythical but some teams still view it as nonfiction. I would be terrified to trade for Jeremy, because he has struggled, both on and off the field elsewhere. I feel he will not draw what we hope because of that, but it could be 80-90% of it. Smith is a total unknown as he is not even healthy yet, but if he can be the Wiul Smith of 2014-15, he could garner a huge return.
5/31/2016 12:16:00 PM