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MLB Trade Rumors: Giants Talking Ryan Braun Deal With Brewers [VIDEO]

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Jun 13, 2016 03:44 PM EDT
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The Giants are looking to upgrade their outfield and are targeting Brewers star Ryan Braun.

With Hunter Pence sidelined for at least eight weeks due to a torn right hamstring, San Francisco is in the need for an outfield upgrade with Jarret Parker and Mac Williamson currently filling in for him.

The Giants have engaged the Brewers in talks about a potential trade for Braun, according to MLB.com.

A deal, meanwhile, isn't believed to be iminent based on comments made by Brewers general manager David Stearns.

"There's no need for us to move ... an elite-level player," Stearns told MLB Network Radio, according to MLB.com.

Braun, 30, is under a five-year, $105 million pact that pays him through 2020 and contains a $15 million mutual option for 2021 or a $4 million buyout. Though he has a partial no-trade clause, he doesn't have the ability to block a trade to the Giants. Braun is a native of Southern California.

The outfielder -- who could play at both corner spots at the position -- is hitting a sizzling .316 this season and has 11 homers and 36 RBIs. The Brewers (30-33) sit in fourth place in the NL Central and are 14 games behind the division-leading Cubs (43-18) entering Monday.

It was widely expected for Milwaukee to be sellers this season since it has two huge trade chips in Braun and catcher Jonathan Lucroy and could potentially move them to continue to build toward the future.

The Giants (38-26) surged in May and have won three of their last four here in mid-June to put their NL West division lead over the second-place and reigning division champion Dodgers (33-31) to five games entering Monday.

With the injury to Pence, San Francisco could use an upgrade in Braun as it hunts down its first division crown since 2012 and looks to win the World Series for the fourth consecutive even-numbered year.

Interestingly enough, the Giants and Brewers open up a three-game series starting Monday at AT&T Stadium.

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