What the Brewers recent transactions mean for the Colorado Rockies
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There are obviously a lot of things going against the Rockies acquiring Braun but if he were to accept a deal to the Rockies (which he very well could considering that the Rockies made the playoffs last year and he would be much closer to his home in Malibu, California), they could get him for very little. This would obviously depend on how much of Braun’s contract that the Rockies would be willing to pick up, if any. If they picked up all of it, they would not have to give up much for him but if the Brewers pick up most of or all of it, the Rockies would obviously have to give up some prospects.
However, it wouldn’t be all bad for the Rockies. Braun has played very well postseason play as he has a .379 batting average in 15 playoff games and has played decently at Coors Field in his career. He’s also only one season removed from a 30 home run, 91 RBI, .305/.365/.538 slash line season. He also has 6 Defensive Runs Saved in 2016 as well.
The signing of Lorenzo Cain and addition of Christian Yelich for the Brewers may cause an increase in the market for outfielders so the Rockies may have to turn to Ian Desmond and Ryan McMahon to play left field and first base, at least to start of the season.
However, with the Brewers influx of outfielders, Ryan Braun could be expendable for the Brewers. The Rockies could try to get Domingo Santana instead but since he had a career year last year and since he has five years of control before free agency and a very low salary (just slightly over the league minimum), he could take a lot more to acquire. For Braun, he does have a lot of baggage and a no trade clause that he would have to waive but he’s only one season removed from a pretty good 2016 season.
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If the Rockies decide that the rest of the trade market and free agency is a bit too expensive, they could turn to the Brewers and Braun or Santana and potentially, he could help the Rockies get to the postseason in 2018 and help them advance further in the playoffs.