My buddy Hris almost got his Braun
— Matt Borelli (@MattDodgerBlue) September 11, 2016
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network was first to report that the Brewers had claimed Puig on revocable trade waivers and engaged the Dodgers in trade talks. According to a source, one scenario would have netted the Brewers Puig and two prospects along with pitcher Brandon McCarthy, whose departing contract would have helped offset the Dodgers’ luxury tax hit for adding Braun. The source said Braun remained at Miller Park with some teammates after the Brewers’ Aug. 31 game against the Pirates while the Brewers and Dodgers continued talks up to 11:59 p.m. ET — a minute before the Trade Deadline to acquire players and have them eligible for the postseason. In the end, they simply ran out of time.
That would have been interesting. Adding Braun would certainly have helped the lineup against LHP as Braun crushed them like no one else on the current Dodger roster. To the tune of a 1.050 OPS in 2016 and 1.032 for his long career.
I’m not sure if it was a good thing the LAD ran out of time or a bad thing. Braun is probably a difference maker in 2016 and the future. Might have been the best for both parties to get fresh starts in new cities.
Oh well, it didn’t happen but thought this was interesting nonetheless that they came that close to actually moving Puig and picking up Braun.