Dodgers: Three Reasons They Should Not Trade for Ryan Braun
By Evan Shin
Braun is expected to earn $19 million in 2017 and 2018, $18 in 2019, $16 million in 2020, and $15 million in 2021. The Dodgers have already given long contracts to several “aging” stars such as Justin Turner and Rich Hill. Adding Braun, who’s already 33, would tie the Dodgers’ hands financially in the future.
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One thing that might force the Dodgers to keep an eye on Braun is the San Francisco Giants’ interest in him. You know what though? They can have him.
The Giants have done worse when relying on big outside names. Johhny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, and Matt Moore have ERA’s over four right now, and Mark Melancon isn’t nearly as good as he was in Washington. Their heroes, other than ones that came up in their system, have been names like Marco Scutaro, Cody Ross, and Connor Gillespie.
The Dodgers have something good going for them. They are both competitive and have a strong farm system. It’s their youth, not their acquisitions, that are helping them hit left-handed pitching. Frustration and anxiety are growing in the Southland which has overcome one drought, but one remains.
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However, it’s not the time to be rash and sign an aging star and condemn the organization into a financial prison and set up a quagmire for Dave Roberts. If the Dodgers are to overcome their problems, it should be on their own terms in their own way.