Ryan Braun Reportedly Still Linked to Dodgers in Trade Talks

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2017

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 04:  Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park on April 4, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers have remained engaged in trade talks regarding slugger Ryan Braun, according to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com.

Braun spoke about the possibility of a trade and his no-trade clause with Morosi:

Last year, [the no-trade clause] was relatively significant, because the trade almost happened and there were conversations about how we would address that. Other than that, I don't think it's really going to be much of a factor at all. I have such a great relationship with [Brewers owner] Mark Attanasio, [general manager] David Stearns and [assistant general manager] Matt Arnold. We're all really on the same page when it comes to my situation.

Obviously, things can change. Circumstances can change. Who knows where the future takes us? But I don't foresee [the no-trade protection] having much of an impact on anything moving forward, just because of my relationship with Mark, David and Matt.

Braun's no-trade clause doesn't apply to the Dodgers, one of the six teams that he could be traded to without his permission. However, since Braun will reach 10 years of MLB service on May 24, per Morosi, he'll obtain full no-trade rights. 

Braun, 33, would certainly be an upgrade for the Dodgers offense. While he's hitting just .214 early in the 2017 season, he's also hit two home runs and added four RBI in eight games. And he was excellent for the Brewers last season, hitting .305 with 30 home runs, 91 RBI and 16 stolen bases. 

Braun's career trajectory took him from one of the game's best players after he won the MVP in 2011 to its most controversial after he admitted to PED use during his MVP campaign. He was promptly suspended for 65 games in the 2013 season.

Since, however, Braun has continued to be a reliable producer for the Brewers.

"One of the biggest challenges in this game is consistency; the other one is longevity," he told Morosi. "Those are the two things I take the most pride in. Obviously, my career hasn't gone exactly the way I would have hoped, but I don't have the ability to go back and change anything. The goal is to continue to be the best player I can be, year in and year out."

He may be fulfilling that goal for the Dodgers in the near future.

          

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