Last week, it was reported that the Brewers were one of the teams to call the Mets about 1B Ike Davis, and many thought a one-for-one swap of Aoki and Davis was very possible. Now it seems that the Brewers want to hold on to Aoki and cash-in on Braun.
The internet exploded with this news, causing people to either love or hate the idea of Ryan Braun being a New York Met.
Well the internet shouldn’t worry, as Ryan Braun won’t be wearing a Mets jersey anytime soon. A one for one swap is completely out of the question, so the Mets would have to part with more to acquire Braun. It seems as if they are more willing to move Davis as a part of a package, so the basis of a deal is there. But, what the Brewers will want in addition to Davis will be too much for Alderson to pull the trigger.
Daniel Murphy, Rafael Montero, Lucas Duda are the names of potential add ins to these types of trades along with a B prospect. The Brewers will easily ask for Noah Syndergaard in return, and Alderson has pretty much marked him as “untouchable”.
Braun could also have trouble adjusting to the New York media. With the PED stuff, he didn’t handle the Milwaukee media well. Now imagine him having those types of problems here in Flushing.
He isn’t the type of guy the Mets need in the clubhouse right now. Nor do I see any deal materializing. This rumor is exactly that a rumor. Besides internal discussions, there is no validity to the Brewers actively pursuing a trade with Braun. Every organization has internal discussions about every possible option. Most of the time, they don’t lead anywhere.
So before anyone goes crazy thinking the Mets are signing Robinson Cano and trading for Ryan Braun, a little perspective is required. Alderson is trying to show that he is serious, and this just adds to that list. Another $100 million contract is out of the question, which all but eliminates Braun and Cano from the Big Board that Alderson has in his office.
More rumors and speculation will be whispered about over the next two weeks, as the Winter Meetings are around the corner. Take it all with a grain of salt, and remember where these “reports” are coming from. Most of the time, it’s just to get eyeballs to look at an article.