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Ryan Braun will move to right field next season.
Braun has been the Brewers' left fielder since 2008 and has played no other position since -- save for a few starts at DH -- but Milwaukee traded Norichika Aoki on Thursday and will now make the outfield shift. Carlos Gomez will remain in center field and left field will now be occupied by Caleb Gindl and Khris Davis.
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Ryan Braun addressed the media Wednesday for the first time since his PED suspension and said that he is open to moving to right field.
Braun answered questions from reporters while appearing at a food drive event in Milwaukee. While most of the focus was naturally on his PED use, he was asked some on-field questions, specifically the possibility of moving to right field in order to make room for Khris Davis in left. "Possibly," said Braun. "We've discussed it. I'm not opposed to it. I don't know exactly what's going to happen but it's definitely a possibility. 100 percent, I'll play wherever they want except third base. That didn't go well. But I'll do whatever we want. It's not something set in stone but it's something we've discussed."
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets inquired about the availability of Brewers' outfielder Ryan Braun.
It was a very brief inquiry during the GM meetings two weeks ago and it hasn't led anywhere, but this at least confirms a report by MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone. The Brewers have no intention of dealing Braun at this time while the Mets continue to look elsewhere for outfield help, including free agents Curtis Granderson and Nelson Cruz.
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Ryan Braun told manager Ron Roenicke earlier this week that he'd be open to the idea of moving to right field.
The idea behind the switch would be opening left field for Khris Davis, whose arm isn't strong enough to play regularly in right field, but whose bat is critical to the Brewers lineup. At the same time though, it would create a logjam in the outfield, and could lead to lesser playing time or a trade involving incumbent right fielder Norichika Aoki.
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Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com reports that the Mets have had internal discussions about Brewers' outfielder Ryan Braun.
Cerrone reported earlier in the day that the Brewers would prefer to move Braun rather than Norichika Aoki and would be willing to pick up part of his salary in order to force a change of scenery. However, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News quickly refuted that report and added that the Brewers aren't interested in moving him right now. Until the Mets actually talk to the Brewers about Braun, there's little reason to take it seriously.
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Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has it on "good authority" that the Brewers are not looking to trade Ryan Braun right now.
Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com passed along word Wednesday that the Brewers would be open to trading Braun (possibly in a deal to the Mets for Ike Davis) and would be willing to cover some of his salary in order to do it, but the scenario doesn't appear to have any legs. The embattled outfielder is still owed $113 million over the next seven seasons.
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Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com was told by "people familiar with the team's thinking" that there is a better chance of the Brewers trading Ryan Braun for Ike Davis than Norichika Aoki.
Well, that's something. Cerrone adds that the Brewers are willing to pay "a good chunk" of the $113 million remaining on Braun's contract to force a change of scenery in the aftermath of his PED suspension. We're skeptical of the reasoning in general and many teams would likely jump at the opportunity to acquire Braun at a discount after his transgressions, so this scenario is a long, long way from becoming a reality.
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Brewers general manager Doug Melvin acknowledged Tuesday that the club has discussed moving Ryan Braun to right field in order to make room for Khris Davis in left field.
Davis has limited range, but the Brewers want to find a way to get him into the lineup after he batted .279/.353/.596 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI over 153 plate appearances as a rookie this year. Moving Braun to right field would make Norichika Aoki the odd man out, but there would be plenty of interest in him on the trade market given his team-friendly 2014 option.
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Ryan Braun has been calling season-ticket holders to apologize for using performance-enhancing drugs.
Major League Baseball should record Braun spending an afternoon dialing random 10-digit numbers of strangers. The ensuing awkwardness might be enough to stop a 20-year-old from injecting. If not, it'd at least show athletes that American culture tolerates remorseful cheaters and despises dishonest ones. A ticker holder named Wes Aldridge received Braun's call. He seemed appreciative, but added that he's keeping his Braun memorabilia packed away from his grandchildren. "I didn't want them to think I was going to back someone who cheated the game," he said.
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According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Ryan Braun tried to discredit the man who collected his urine in 2011 by telling peers he was a Cubs fan and anti-Semitic.
That urine wound up testing positive for synthetic testosterone. Braun, born to a Jewish-Israeli father and a Christian-American mother, was suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season on July 22 after it was revealed that he had purchased performance-enhancing drugs from the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic. Braun told those lies about the urine-sample collector, Dino Laurenzi Jr., to Matt Kemp, Joey Votto and Troy Tulowitzki, among others, in an effort to drum up public support for his appeal in 2011 -- which was initially successful.