The Milwaukee Brewers announced a club-record contract extension for left fielder Ryan Braun this morning. General Manager Doug Melvin and Braun addressed the media at 10am about the 8-year, $45 million deal.
The deal effectively buys out the remaining arbitration years and first year of free agency for Braun. Braun denied in the press conference that his recent hot streak at the plate had anything to do with the timing of the contract announcement.
Braun did seem to have a spring in his step when I spoke to him earlier in the week. He was excited about the club's bounce-back against St. Louis after the recent six-game losing skid in Florida and Houston.
In hindsight, the pending contract might have had something to do with Braun's mood as well.
Braun's signing comes on the heals of owner Mark Attanasio's statement that the Brewers would be open to obtaining a premier starting pitcher this year, should one become available.
These moves continue an encouraging commitment to winning—which Attanasio promised after purchasing the organization in 2004.