Spring training is still three months away, which means a great deal can happen over that time. That is why Ryan Braun is not sure if he will be in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform when spring training rolls around in February of 2017.
Braun said that the unknown with relation to where he will be playing is difficult. It makes things complicated said the Brewers outfielder on Wednesday at the annual team food drive for Thanksgiving.
He added that things will take place as it is the nature of the business, part of being a professional ball player and if something did take place, it will be taken care of at the time it happens.
Braun’s contract contains a limit no-trade clause but he could block any trade starting the latter part of May, when he will become a 10-year veteran that has spent the last 5 seasons on the same team.
General Manager David Stearns from the Brewers said he is asked regularly about Braun’s future.
He is aware how big of a story it is for this offseason, but he is happy that Braun is part of the Brewers organization and he expects the veteran to remain a member of the team moving ahead.
He added that he was happy Braun came to help out with the food drive on Wednesday.
The National League MVP in 2011, Braun was handed a 65-game suspension during the 2013 season for the violation of baseball’s drug agreement related to the current labor contract.
Last season, Braun finished with a .305 batting average with 30 home runs and 90 RBIs, following October 2015 back surgery.
The Brewers owe Braun another $76 million for what remains on his current contract of which $19 million is to be paid for each of the upcoming two seasons, $18 million during 2019, $16 million for 2020 and a buyout of $4 million for the $15 million Brewers option for 2021.
Braun said he learned a number of very good exercises while rehabilitating after his back surgery last year. He incorporated them into his routine for the offseason and says it helped him during the just completed season.
Therefore, he hopes having the complete offseason to work out and incorporate the core exercises learned, he will be ready to go this spring.