Could Ryan Braun Be A Fit For Mets?

Kudos to Milwaukee owner Mark Attanasio for his immediate gesture to Brewers fans in the wake of the 65-game suspension of Ryan Braun. But, will it end there? Could the Brewers want to clean up their mess by trading Braun? And if so, could the Mets be a fit?

BRAUN: What is his future? (Getty)

BRAUN: What is his future? (Getty)

Yes, Braun got off on a technicality the first time and Major League Baseball has had it in for him since. It was only a matter of time before they nailed him. Could it also be a matter of time before the Brewers decide to cut ties with Braun?

The Brewers’ best player lied to his teammates, management, fans and anybody he spoke to about performance-enhancing drugs. The quotes from players and supporters – including Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers – have been venomous.

With Braun gone for the season and the Brewers stagnant on the field, the team will give each fan who shows up at Milwaukee’s 12 home games in August a $10 voucher good for food, merchandise and future tickets.

“This is an investment in our fans and an investment in our brand, to do what we can do to mitigate a trying summer,’’ Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “We were finalizing something like this to give back to our loyal fans just as news of Ryan’s suspension hit. Mark decided he wanted to make a dramatic impact that would cost more money.’’

Based on their current attendance figures, it is estimated the Brewers will give their fans roughly $3.6 million in vouchers, or effectively a good chunk of the remaining $8.5 million they were to pay Braun this year. Instead of pocketing the money, the Brewers are giving it to their fans.

This is no cheap gesture.

What happens when Braun returns is anybody’s guess. He might be booed or Brewers’ fans could forgive and forget. It remains to be seen how strained his relationship with ownership and management might be. His presence could also create a clubhouse divide. There are not a lot of people happy with Braun now, including those players mentioned in the Biogenesis case. By taking a punishment without appeal, it gives credibility to Tony Bosch, which could hurt the defenses of other players.

Schlesinger spoke of the Brewers’ brand. Currently, that brand is mostly Braun, and the wonder is if they want to continue with that considering the potential of stress and negativity.

Could that strain lead to an eventual trade, and would the Mets be interested? Braun is a talented player, but with a positive test – albeit tainted – there’s the question of his true talents. It must be that way with any player linked to steroids.

Braun to the Mets is intriguing on many levels. He would be a huge upgrade, but what is his value? The asking price can’t be as high if Braun were clean. What would it require to get him in terms of talent, and would the Mets risk it based on his PED history? Would the Mets, or any team that wanted Braun, know what they are getting? The Brewers must be asking the same question if they opt to keep him.

Braun signed a five-year, $105-million contract extension from 2016-2020, and an option for 2021. That’s reasonable money for what Braun has produced, but it must be asked whether that production is he or the juice.

It would be a significant gamble by the Mets because of the length of Braun’s deal and the chance of paying for damaged goods. The Mets don’t have to look any further than across town to see what the Yankees are going through with Alex Rodriguez.

Going after Braun could generate a negative buzz around the Mets, but that’s better than no buzz.

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7 thoughts on “Could Ryan Braun Be A Fit For Mets?

    • You don’t.

      The question is do the fans care? Does management care? This organization has its share of cheats. Every year one or more minor league guys get busted. Can the organization stop it? Maybe not. You can’t watch them all the time. But you can educate and have punishments if they do.

      To your question. Alex Rodriguez cheated. He got very well paid for it. I believe he always cheated. Probably from when he was a teenager. I read some bio that said some scout rated him as an all star while in high school. They said he was that good. He is 38 now and a broken player. In his mid 30’s he body broke. I guess the deal with the devil paid off very well, but his body is now paying the price.

      No one would have thought Braun was a cheat, but he was. He is symptomatic of this age. This is why I think many players cheat. I read something about Byrd. He used to be a good player. Perhaps he has just rededicated himself and has good results, but at age 35 he has hit more home runs in half a year than almost every year of his career. You have to wonder..

      So the bottom line is I want to root for a team of players that play hard, have fun and play clean.

      • dave: You never know who cheats until they get caught. Rodriguez made his deal with the devil and he’s paying for it. Braun is younger, but still a risk. If the Brewers don’t want to keep him, they’ll have to explore a trade. But, that would show desperation and lower the price. This is when the Mets can swoop in.-JD

    • Hawk: You really don’t know what Braun is without PED. You have to figure there is some talent there because PED’s don’t increase your ability to recognize pitches and make contact. He would be a risk, but the question you raised could lower his value int the trade market.-JD

  1. Probably the worst idea I have ever heard…you don’t think the media is going to ripe him apart day after day about the drug stuff? He would be suck a distraction to the team.

  2. Dave, regarding how many home runs Byrd has hit: What is his playing weight now and conditioning, versus his playing weight and conditioning earlier in his career? He played winter ball, which put him in good shape even before spring training began. Maybe he’s just in better shape plus weighs more. Or maybe he’s been luckier this year. He always plays hard. That doesn’t come out of a bottle … And maybe you’re right, maybe he’s juicing something. But I don’t think we can automatically assume the juice for anybody who outperforms his past … or for everybody who’s better than the rest. And I say that because I’ve seen it all my life, since grade school days: there have always been guys better at baseball or football or dodge ball or or handball or kickball or basketball … you name it, someone is always better, and often way better. And when we are talking professional sports, we are talking about the best of the best. And by the way, how come no one’s hollering about how many home runs Buck has hit? Because he’s slowed down. That could happen to Byrd too. We’ll see …

    • Chuck

      Context. We came out of an era where many or most or all were juicing.

      It used to be the argument was player x never was caught or he’s a pitcher so it doesn’t matter or he isn’t hat good so he can’t be.

      All these excuses were proven wrong.

      My point. He is 35 and having the best year of his life. 35 does not make you better. No one is better at 35. This in an era of cheating and he was caught before.