Another noteworthy option dropped tonight, although this option is more or less desirable. According to MLBTR/MLBPA, the brewer decided to pay long-term Ryan Braun a $4 million buyout instead of choosing his $15 million option.
Braun, who will turn 37 next year, released 99 wRC+ in 2020. This is his first below-average offensive season in history. In the past five years, he has been in a fairly steady decline, and due to his extremely strong defensive limitations, it is not clear what opportunities he will get. Reuniting with the winemaker is cheap and probably his best choice. Given the current situation, he may even have to accept an unsecured minor league deal to continue his career.
If he goes elsewhere, if people like Yadi Molina and Adam Wainwright also leave NL Central, it would be really strange. Braun has been with the winemaker-who has been torturing the bear-for 1