Ryan Braun may be coming off a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, but that has not made him unappealing to some teams. According to Mets Blog, the New York Mets have had discussions about trading for the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder.
Mets Blog’s Matthew Cerrone said on Wednesday that the “Mets have had internal talks about Braun, but that’s all so far.”
Brewers GM Doug Melvin recently mentioned that the two teams could be a potential match for an Ike Davis trade, but he did not say anything about Braun. Plus, teams can talk about trying to acquire a player, but that does not necessarily mean the player is available.
New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino later poured some cold water on the rumor. Martino says the Brewers are not looking to trade Braun right now, but he “could become an interesting trade candidate at some point.”
Braun is signed through 2020 and has an option with the Brewers for 2021. The team seemed like it planned to continue building around Braun as the franchise player despite the suspension, but their thoughts may have changed after the big PR hit the former MVP took during the PED scandal.
Though it does not look like Braun will be traded any time soon, it’s interesting to note that there might be some teams interested in him, and that the Mets are one of them.