MLB Rumor Central: Ryan Braun a 'hot name' on trade market

Ryan Braun is having a fantastic season and could be a prime trade target this summer. AP Photo/Morry Gash

If the Milwaukee Brewers look to trade outfielder Ryan Braun this summer, expect plenty of teams to be interested.

A National League scout tells Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that Braun is "the hot name out there" on the trade market. The 32-year-old is in the midst of a fantastic season, hitting .351 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs.

The scout tells Cafardo that the Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox all look like good fits for the outfielder. However, Braun's numerous injuries of late -- stiff neck, soreness in his lower back, sore wrist -- could start to hurt his trade value. Also worth considering is the PED suspension in 2013 that greatly damaged the former MVP's reputation.

Braun is in the first season of a five-year, $105 million deal with a mutual option for 2021. Milwaukee is currently in the midst of a rebuild, so GM David Stearns will likely listen to offers for his star outfielder if numerous teams are bidding for his services.