A rumor originating from Matthew Cerrone of Metsblog.com claiming that the Brewers Ryan Braun was more likely to be moved in a deal for Ike Davis than right fielder Norichika Aoki is false, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Brewers GM Doug Melvin told Haudricourt-
"We have no intentions of trading Ryan.There's absolutely no truth to that. We've never contacted any team about Ryan."
The Milwaukee beat writer reports that Melvin said "four or five clubs" had inquired about Braun this off-season, but the GM informed him that, "I told them no."
The 30-year-old Braun is returning from a 61-game suspension in 2013 as a result of his connection to the Biogenesis clinic-PED scandel. Prior to the suspension, the 2011 NL MVP had hit .298/.372/.498 in 253 plate appearance for the season. He is signed with the Brewers for $122 million over the next seven years, but even with top prospect Khris Davis expected to land in the Milwaukee outfield in 2014, Haudricourt doesn't see the team trying to get out from under that deal. Melvin told him that he had discussed a possible move to right field with Braun and Haudricourt views that conversation as further proof that Melvin is serious when he says the slugging left fielder is off-the-table in trade talks.
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