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Baseball insight from the expert

October 7, 2013 - Burt Angeli
From Boston Globe baseball expert Nick Cafardo:

“Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers— There have been a lot of negatives associated with Braun the last two years, so how do the Brewers go forward with him? It’s been suggested in the baseball community that Braun could even be traded, go somewhere to start anew. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik was a big proponent for signing Braun when he worked in Milwaukee, but would anyone take on the baggage, not to mention the massive salary he earns, a year after he is “off” performance-enhancing drugs? Said one baseball executive, “I don’t think he’s going anywhere. Someone would have to take a big chance and nobody’s doing that on PED guys, especially for that length of contract.”

“Jhonny Peralta, INF, Tigers— Where would Peralta fit next season? There’s some speculation that as part of their objective to go after “good value” veterans, the Yankees might entertain Peralta as a third baseman to replace Alex Rodriguez. Peralta would also protect them at shortstop and add a power righthanded bat to the lineup. But again, with all of these PED violators, there’s the “year after” factor. Melky Cabrera was a disaster in Toronto, both offensively and defensively, the year after his suspension.”



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