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Is 2020 Braun’s last year in Milwaukee?

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Posted: July 04, 2019, 6:18 PM Post
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I was looking at his contract and saw he has a mutual option for 2021, but those are rarely exercised. Kind of makes me sad we might only have one more year of him...any chance in your opinion he plays for us beyond 2020?


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Posted: July 04, 2019, 6:28 PM Post
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No. They'll decline the option for 2021 and move forward, barring some huge resurgence next year. He'll still be here a year and a half, enjoy it. It will be time to move on. It already would be if we weren't stuck in the contract and/or had any better options.


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Posted: July 04, 2019, 6:58 PM Post
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That 2021 option obviously gets declined by the Brewers and it really should be after this season. Braun is done being a regular everyday starter. He is at best right now a platoon 4th OF bat who should be a DH.


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Posted: July 04, 2019, 7:18 PM Post
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I doubt they'd bring him back as well. Hopefully he calls it quits then instead of playing another season or two for another team. It'd be nice to see him be a career Brewer.


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Posted: July 04, 2019, 7:45 PM Post
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Yep.


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Posted: July 04, 2019, 7:59 PM Post
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I think he finish his deal and will retire a Brewer


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Posted: July 04, 2019, 8:00 PM Post
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I doubt they'd bring him back as well. Hopefully he calls it quits then instead of playing another season or two for another team. It'd be nice to see him be a career Brewer.


I think he will. He said several times how he really wanted to spend his entire career with one team and Lord knows he won’t need the money. The guy is loaded and has a family now, no reason to stay.


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Posted: July 04, 2019, 9:55 PM Post
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Like most things, health and productivity will be the determining factors with this. Either for the Brewers or him playing elsewhere.

"I'm not as good as I was but in big moments I'm still the guy. I want that opportunity." -Ryan Braun


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Posted: July 04, 2019, 10:38 PM Post
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No. They'll decline the option for 2021 and move forward, barring some huge resurgence next year. He'll still be here a year and a half, enjoy it. It will be time to move on. It already would be if we weren't stuck in the contract and/or had any better options.



It seems like both this year and last he's hit the ball better than his stats reflect. Haven't looked into it this year, but last year he definitely hit into poor luck.

That said, I could see him wanting to come back to finish his career with the Brewers. The Dodgers will have no need for him, the Angles may not have use for him(especially if they're gonna use Ohtani at DH).

So not a lot of options to "go home" so to speak. So maybe he sticks around to finish off his career with the same team. At probably 35 pct of his current salary.


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Posted: July 04, 2019, 10:41 PM Post
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He still hits the ball hard but his plate discipline has been falling apart for years now as is his defense and foot speed. He hasn't even had any real injury concerns this season other than just his normal extra rest. He just hasn't been a very good corner outfielder.


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Posted: July 05, 2019, 9:40 AM Post
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I could see him moving to the AL and DHing for a year or 2/ 5th OF. Someone like the twins or Seattle


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Posted: July 05, 2019, 9:50 AM Post
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I think he finish his deal and will retire a Brewer


his option year is 15MM. yes it would be nice for him to finish his career as a brewer, but unless he wants to negotiate a contract more in line with production, I don't see it.


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Posted: July 05, 2019, 9:59 AM Post
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I could see him moving to the AL and DHing for a year or 2/ 5th OF. Someone like the twins or Seattle


Yes, I too believe his future should be the AL and being a DH.


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Posted: July 05, 2019, 10:44 AM Post
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Braun's option will definitely not be picked up so next year will be his last. As a starting LF this year he's posting a 287/338/816 line and people think he's a backup OF or should just quit? Interesting takes. He had a 10 game stretch in mid-April where he rolled over on everything and looked terrible going 3-34 over that span but even if you factor in his pinch hitting/DH work he's hitting 296 outside of that mid-April stretch. His plate discpline, as someone mentioned above, is noticeably declining but he's plenty productive.

I don't see him as being a ring chaser. I think he calls it a career after 14yrs with one team, collects his buy out and 18M deferred during retirement spending his time with his family while maybe being an analyst given he's smart/articulate.


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Posted: July 05, 2019, 10:51 AM Post
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I think he stays, for a lot less money per year of course.


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Posted: July 05, 2019, 11:45 AM Post
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I’d say the odds are over 75% not only is he not going to be here...but retired. I don’t think his opinion will change much from what it was when he could be traded. Probably would only go to an LA team to play. He has kids now, more money than he has said he needs, and is old. I think he would have to be pretty flexible to find a job since he is pretty bad defensively and his stats just aren’t that good. Not to mention pretty constant nagging injuries/problems over the years. It isn’t that I don’t think he could find a job, more I just don’t think he will find one that is the perfect fit to keep playing. He is essentially limited to a team in the AL because he isn’t really starter quality anymore and no one is carrying a bench OFer who can only play LF. I doubt he is about the minimal salary he would get and how many AL teams that will be contending want a .750 OPS DH bat with an injury history?

I think it would be pretty cool if he just announced before next season he planned to retire since so many Milwaukee fans adore him.


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Posted: July 05, 2019, 12:21 PM Post
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I’d be for eating 15-17 of the 21 that he’s owed with a trade to the Dodgers or Angels or whoever, and get a more productive player for the four or 5 million saved off his contract.


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Posted: July 05, 2019, 12:23 PM Post
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Can we stop we the Braun should be a 1B/DH? He barely hits enough to play corner OF. He hasn't hit well enough for 1B/DH since 2016 and even then he would only have been a decent not great player there.

That said if he wants he likely could easily get 3-5 million in 2021 to be a 4th OFer or a starter on a team with a hole.


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Posted: July 05, 2019, 12:54 PM Post
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And he'll still be making $1.8 million a year for the next ten years after he retires. So $22 million to not play.


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Posted: July 05, 2019, 1:02 PM Post
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I would say there is a chance he is back if the new CBA brings the DH to the NL.


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