Report: Giants Have Had “Preliminary Talks” For Braun Trade

MILWAUKEE — The San Francisco Giants have reportedly inquired about the services of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun after unsuccessfully finding a long term replacement for Hunter Pence.

USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale adds the designation that while the Giants and Brewers have discussed a trade, there is nothing imminent in the works.

The Giants will get a firsthand look at their potential new acquisition when they begin a series with the Brewers Monday night in the Bay. Braun is just two days removed from a 2-for-4 performance against the New York Mets in which both of his RBI came on home runs. Braun is batting .316 this season with 11 home runs and 36 RBI. His .919 OPS is better than three of his six All-Star seasons, but he’s playing on a part time basis as he recovers from offseason back surgery to fix a herniated disc.

The Brewers still owe Braun $105 million, so if it’s prospects Milwaukee is looking for, they’d likely stay on the hook for most of that contract cost.