The horrible off-season for the Milwaukee Brewers today when word broke that recently named NL MVP Ryan Braun tested positive for synthetic testosterone.
First I’ll start by saying Braun is fighting the result and denies taking any PEDs. There’s still a chance that somehow this turns out to be a big misunderstanding and he gets cleared.
Secondly I have to say, sadly, I’m not at all shocked by this. Not because of Braun’s recent numbers, but I’ve since become immune to positive drugs tests. I’m hoping against hope that this turns out to be false test. It’s not great for the sport to have their stars busted like this and sitting out for 50 games. But if worse comes to worse, this isn’t the first positive test and this won’t be the last.
In a few days the Brewers are going to have to bid farewell to Prince Fielder as well. Repeating as division champions just got a whole lot harder.
Elsewhere in the league, the Diamondbacks pulled off a bit of a surprise move, prying Trevor Cahill away from Oakland for prospects. I’ve never been much for following prospects, but supposedly the Jarrod Parker has the potential to be an ace. What I don’t understand is why the A’s traded away a current ace who they control for five more years for prospects. Early word is the prospects they did great aren’t all that great either.
I know it’s treason in some parts to question Billy Beane, but I’ve never been all that impressed with him. Especially in the past five years.
In any event, if he is giving away top flight pitchers for AA level players, it’s time for Alex Anthopolous to check in on Gio Gonzalez.