Braun deal a mistake
The Brewers left fielder is a star, but the club already had him locked up for his prime
If anything, Braun's extension seals the deal on Prince Fielder's departure at the end of the season. The Brewers, while a much more successful franchise than during the years Bud Selig owned the team, are unlikely to want to commit nearly $50 million a year for two players for half a decade, years ahead of time.
The Brewers made the right decision in choosing Braun over Fielder. While Fielder's one of the most feared sluggers in baseball, it's hard to see a player with his frame aging gracefully in his 30s.
However, the Brewers probably made a mistake here as this wasn't a contract that the team needed to sign. It does tell the fan base that the team's not going to give up on signing its own players, but a nine-figure commitment is a pricy way to do this.
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