It may be the end of an era for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Outfielder Ryan Braun joined a growing list of MLB stars to have their options declined and reach free agency after the Brewers said no on Thursday. Braun was set to make $15 million if his club option was picked up. Budgetary restrictions after a pandemic-shortened season have forced players like Arizona's Mike Leake, Washington's Howie Kendrick, and Colorado's Daniel Murphy to find work elsewhere. Braun was contemplating retirement at the end of last year while reflecting on a career that could see his number hoisted at the soon-to-be-named American Family Field. If he does retire, he would do so in the top two spots of several offensive categories while boasting a career .296 batting average 352 home runs, and 1,154 runs.
The team could still sign Braun if he does not retire, but possibly at a lower price. MLB free agency begins on Sunday.