Dodgers: Three Reasons They Should Not Trade for Ryan Braun

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Apr 17, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Possible Dodgers’ target Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) rounds second base after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Trade rumors linking the Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder, Ryan Braun, have been circulating since last season. Despite continuing to struggle against lefties, Los Angeles should not look to trade for Ryan Braun at the moment.

Many will disagree that the Dodgers don’t need Ryan Braun, including some of my colleagues. But, let’s look beyond names, big bats, and big stats for a minute. The Dodgers’ front office has been known for not making big acquisitions ever since they took over the reigns right after the 2014 season had ended.

The only thing close to a blockbuster trade was the one made last year, which brought Rich Hill and Josh Reddick over to Los Angeles. This does not include re-signing players though.

So far, the sealed wallet, dry ink method is working. The Dodgers have managed to stay competitive, while also rebuilding their farm system and cutting down on payroll each of the last three seasons.

However, Los Angeles was close to getting Braun last season. Apparently, a deal involving Yasiel Puig was lined up last August, but it never came to fruition. The rumor mill about Braun to the Dodgers started up again last month, but recently, the rumors have come to a stand still which is a good thing for the Dodgers, and here is why.

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