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Milwaukee Brewers: Should They Trade Ryan Braun Over The Winter?

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Apr 4, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun (8) waits on deck against the Cleveland Indians at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun (8) waits on deck against the Cleveland Indians at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

A small market team like the Brewers needs to consider all avenues for improving the club. Does trading Ryan Braun make sense?

As we look at the current state of the Milwaukee Brewers franchise and the rest of Braun’s contract, the question is: Does it even make sense to trade him? After looking at the facts, one could make the point that it seems too little too late to deal the guy.

Whether you like him or not, Braun has put up some pretty noticeable overall numbers each season.

He has been a Brewer a long time, and the club made a decision to make him the “Franchise Player” so it may seem like that it does not make sense to trade him NOW after a good portion of his career is already over.

There are those that say even a REBUILDING club needs SOME SORT of stability or something that is proven and works. Whether you like him or not, Braun has put up some pretty noticeable overall numbers each season.

The question that lurks is: Where is the current Brewers lineup going to get their offense from if Braun is gone?  Would an offseason free agent signing put up an average over .300 with 30 homers? Not likely. Look at how well the Brewers free agent signings have done. Jeffrey Hammonds anyone?

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