Ryan Braun trade rumors have been swirling amongst the Hot Stove winds in recent days. Of particular note is one that placed him with the New York Mets in a straight-up trade for first baseman Ike Davis, started by a Mets blog.
According to Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt, there is “absolutely nothing” to any of the overtures.
“We have no intentions of trading Ryan,” said Melvin. “There’s absolutely no truth to that. We’ve never contacted any team about Ryan.”
Melvin did say that “four or five clubs” had inquired about the outfielder’s services, but that he had “told them no”, according to the report.
Braun does have no-trade protection written into his contract, so any deal would need his approval. Coming off of a 65-game ban for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, Braun and Melvin discussed their future at a meeting in Los Angeles last week.
“It was just a sit-down to talk about our plans and the upcoming season,” said Melvin. “It went well. We just talked in general about what we’re doing.”
Well, if the two are having lunch together and discussing Braun’s future plans in Milwaukee, that may be an indicator that the team has no interest in moving him. As the past has taught us however, if the right deal shows up maybe something will surprise us.