Braun was infamously suspended – without pay — for the final 65 games of the regular season by Major League Baseball after admitting to his role in the Biogenesis scandal and to using performance enhancing drugs.
“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect,” Braun said in a statement at the time of his suspension, via CBSSports.com’s Mike Axisa. “I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization. I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country.
“Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed — all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”
Braun is signed through the 2020 season with 2021 mutual option after agreeing to a contract that pays as follows: 8 yrs/$45M (08-15), 5 yrs/$105M (16-20), according to Baseball Reference.
The 2011 MVP, Braun hit .298 with 38 RBI and 9 HRs in limited action (61 games) in 2013.