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NL Central Notes: A Braun for Puig swap is brewing (badum tissssh)

News and updates from the National League Central.

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This winter, we could start to see the stocking of “Braun” Dodgers uniforms on shelves. The Brewers and Dodgers are once again in talks of swapping Braun for Yasiel Puig. Milwaukee is trying to dump Braun’s contract, keeping up the trend of purging their roster of veterans (including Jonathan Lucroy and Khris Davis). Meanwhile, the Dodgers are trying their hardest to purge their team of Puig.

Both outfielders have stirred up interest with other teams. After being demoted to Triple A, Puig was placed on revocable trade waivers, to which the Brewers said, “Deal us in.” However, this didn’t allow Los Angeles to play the field a little more on offers for the 25-year old. Braun was considered by multiple teams, including the Red Sox, to be an offseason deal. But right now, it looks like all signs are pointing to Los Angeles (Or Milwaukee, depending on whose side you’re on in this.)

Ryan Braun won’t be showing up to Dodgers Stadium empty handed: he’ll have the $76 million left on his contract along with him.

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With the playoffs drawing closer, we all know what will begin to leak out of the woodwork: Bandwagoners. If you’re on the cusp of launching yourself full force onto the Cubs bandwagon, I have your newest jam.

The Cardinals lost the series finale to the Cubs with Carlos Martinez taking the L. Anthony Rizzo had a two home run game, the second coming off of Michael Wacha, who was making his return from the DL. The Cards are now 1 game behind the Mets in the Wildcard standings

The Pirates have promotes lefty Zach Phillips. Phillips will take the spot of catcher Elias Diaz, who was put on the 60 Day DL for his leg.

The Reds were shutout by the Brewers, 7-0 last night. Not the most exciting game for RHP Abel de Los Santos to make his debut as a Red, but he did it as the 31st pitcher Cincinnati has used this season. So that’s something, right?

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Cubs: 93 - 52 — GB

Cardinals: 76 - 69 17 GB

Pirates: 70 74 22.5 GB

Brewers: 65 - 81 28.5 GB

Reds: 62 - 83 31 GB