What Should the Brewers do with Ryan Braun?

What should the Brewers do with the former MVP, 6x All-Star, 5x Silver Slugger, and Rookie of the Year winner? Could he be moved back to first base? I know, I know, I know… it was not pretty at all before. But, with Yelich, Cain, Grisham, and Gamal currently on the roster, the chances for Braun to see the outfield is thinning. Not to mention both Corey Ray and Tristen Lutz seem ready to make the leap to the big leagues within the next year. 

Braun has been a hero for the Brewers and has been a consistent threat in the middle of the batting order for 12+ years. But nagging injuries have forced him to the IL many a time recently. As a first baseman, Braun holds a .979 fielders percentage while the league average for first baseman is .994%. He definitely seems to be out of his element in the infield, but it’s finding a spot for his bat that matters the most. 

Ryan Braun is a career .298 hitter with 340 homers and over 1100 RBIs. These kinds of career numbers are not to be pushed aside so easily. This is exactly why Braun has the absurd contract that baseball greats always get to sign. Braun is signed through next season and has a mutual option for the 2021 season. The most likely thing that happens is Braun plays out his deal and then resigns for a club-friendly offer that allows him to finish out his career for the Brewers. The days of speculating a trade with Braun involved are long gone. Braun is a Milwaukee Brewer for life. But how often will he crack the lineup in the coming years so much young talent in the outfield and a thin first base depth? 

Do the Brewers keep chugging along with their roster as it stands, or, does Braun take on a limited role in a positional change? Let me know in the comments down below! 

-Mitchell Seefeldt

Statistics courtesy of baseball-reference.com

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