Texas Rangers: 5 Insane Trades The Team Could Make This Season
By Andrew Webb
Former Rookie of the Year, and former MVP, six-time All-Star Ryan Braun could be with the Texas Rangers in 2017. Coming off another huge year in 2016, but the Milwaukee Brewers could be looking to move Braun for younger talent.
In 2016 Braun hit .305/.365/.538 with 30 home runs and 91 RBI in 135 games with the Brewers. Braun has played ten years in the MLB and has 285 career homer runs. He would clearly be a huge upgrade in the Rangers lineup.
Braun does have a no-trade clause in his current contract. He blocked every team, but the Angels, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Marlins and Padres. He can change his mind though and decide to allow a trade with the Texas Rangers.
Braun recently signed an extension with the Brewers through the year 2020 with a mutual option for 2021. Although with Braun producing at an MVP type level the Brewers must consider moving him for younger talent.
The Brewers do not have many big trade chips and Braun could get them a huge return. The Rangers would have to give up some highly valued talent to acquire Braun. Possibility Nomar Mazara and a prospect or two for Braun.
That does seem like a lot to give up for a 33-year-old hitter. Braun has six seasons with over 30 homers and continues to be successful every year. The Rangers would have to give up young players such as Mazara, but who knows what those players will become.
Right now the Rangers could have a proven 30 home run outfielder that would fit in perfectly in their lineup. This move could be exactly what the Rangers need to push them from a playoff team to a World Series caliber team.