The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers have been in contact lately about longtime Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, according to Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. Braun, a member of the Brewer organization since 2005 when he was drafted out of the University of Miami is in the second year of a five-year extension worth $105 million.
The former NL MVP is off to a slow start in 2017, hitting just .212 through his first ten games of the 2017 season. The 33-year old has hit three home runs this year along with six RBI. Last season, Braun hit at a .305/.365/.538 with 30 home runs and 91 RBI over 135 games. It marked the first season since 2012 that the California native hit above .300 and hit 30 or more home runs. With that being said, the Dodgers find Braun's career batting slash of .304/.367/.544 as a strong reason to add the veteran slugger to a rather young but talented outfield.
One major reason the Dodgers would have interest in Braun is their struggles with hitting left-handed pitching. A lifetime .336 hitter against lefties, Braun would become a key part of a Dodgers offense that struggles mightily against southpaws. So far this season, the Dodgers are hitting just .209 off of left-handed pitchers with just 31 hits over 148 at-bats. A major difference when comparing that to the Dodgers .281 batting average against
While not the same player that he use to be, acquiring Braun, would require quite the deal from the Dodgers in order for the Brewers to pull the trigger. While trade talks don't seem to serious at the current time, Braun's name will be one to watch closely over the next few months leading up to