Brewers reportedly 'wouldn't hesitate' to trade Ryan Braun
As they dive headfirst into a full-fledged rebuilding project, the Milwaukee Brewers reportedly are open to trading their most valuable player.
According to a report from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Brewers "wouldn't hesitate" to trade perennial All-Star outfielder Ryan Braun, who won the NL MVP with Milwaukee in 2011.
Braun, who has averaged 34 home runs and 112 RBI with a .304/.367/.545 split per 162 games during his nine-year career with the Brewers, received a 65-game suspension in 2013 for being linked to performance-enhancing drugs.
Although Milwaukee appears to be willing to part ways with Braun, the report suggests that his PED scandal could be among a variety of factors that might hinder a deal from being reached.
Since serving his PED suspension, Braun's production has tapered off over the past two seasons, as he's averaged 22 home runs, 83 RBI, and a .275/.340/.475 split.
Braun has five years and $96 million remaining on his contract, with a $15-million option for a sixth year in 2021.