Buying or Selling on latest Giants Trade Rumors

By Ross Parker
Apr 19, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun (8) at bat in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 19, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun (8) at bat in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 28, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) drives in 2 runs with a double in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 28, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) drives in 2 runs with a double in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /

Ryan Braun

Here he is, the player you’ve all been waiting for, the Hebrew Hammer himself, Ryan Bruan. Seeing a trade like this seems like something out of a video game where you stack the rosters so you just run the table on everyone. Ken Rosenthal reported the talks between the Giants and the Brewers about 2 weeks ago regarding Braun. The fit for Braun makes a ton of sense, the Giants need some right handed power in the lineup. Braun checks off that area, as he’s batting .322 with 12 home runs and a .921 OPS. To add to the check list, the Giants are one of six teams listed in Braun’s contract that he can be traded to without the Ryan’s permission. After that, however, things start getting tricky with 33-year old outfielder. To start, Braun is owed $19 million this season, plus an additional $80 million over the next 4 seasons, along with a possible buyout player option in 2021. The Giants are already over over the luxury tax threshold, so almost all of Braun’s contract would be added to their luxury tax number. It’s a steep price to pay for a guy who will be 36 by the time his contract expires. Also, Braun has struggled staying healthy this season as he has had issues with his back, neck, and wrist. The Giants want to get healthier in the outfield, so these health issues would be a major red flag to San Francisco. Not to mention, Braun’s past PED issues won’t be a welcoming factor for the Giants neither. The team already went through that struggle with Melky Cabrera, and probably don’t want to go down that path again. And finally, the cost to acquire Braun would be astronomical. The Giants farm league is only ranked 19th in the MLB according to Baseball America, and the team’s elite prospect, Christian Arroyo, doesn’t provide the best fit with Milwaukee for a trade partner. As much as I would love to see this trade happen, I just don’t see the Giants being able to afford this kind of deal. Braun would undoubtedly put this team over the top, but getting him on the roster and keeping him there seems next to impossible.

Verdict: Sell

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