Odds On Who’s Replacing Ryan Braun
It’s likely that this afternoon Ryan Braun goes on the Disabled List with multiple injuries. He still can’t throw the baseball and now hurt his calf on Tuesday. There are going to be so many takes about how Braun is an untradable asset which I don’t agree with at this point. Injuries happen in baseball. Braun played roughly 136 games per year over the last three. Any team will probably take it. All that matters is he’s healthy for the stretch run. Let’s look who might be joining the team versus trying to fight the haters off about Brewers left fielder. Here are the players with best odds from the 40-man roster.
15 to 1: Brent Suter – Ready to be disappointed? I think the move might be to add another reliever and play with a short bench. Brewers don’t have an off day until May 22nd, but to me, they could survive without another outfielder. Hernan Perez will play the majority of the games in left field flagged by Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana across the outfield. Suter showed some things while up here earlier this year. Tyler Cravy would be another name worth mentioning here.
25 to 1: Kyle Wren – This one would be tricky as Brewers would have to get rid of someone on their 40-man to make the move happen. I don’t know who that player would be – Nick Franklin or Jhan Marinez come to mind but who knows. This would be a good time to see what you have with Wren who is 26 and could be a potential trade asset.
50 to 1: Ryan Cordell – If someone from the minors who could excite fans were to come up, it’s Ryan Cordell. He’s a big centerfielder at 6’4, 195 with some pop. He’s considered an above-average Brewers prospect, although he’s a little older and the team could see what they have him in before it’s Lewis Brinson time.
100 to 1: Lewis Brinson – Fans are going to be pissed but understand it’s the right move for the future. No reason to bring up Brinson and alter his Super 2 with a couple weeks left. I would be floored if Brewers went in that direction.
150 to 1: Brett Phillips – We all love him. He’s an electric factory in front of the camera, but he’s not ready for bigs. I’d be even more surprised if he comes up over Brinson.
We’ll see if odds match up with what Brewers are thinking this afternoon.