Brewers' Ryan Braun to shift to right field

Ryan Braun will be doing this from a different perspective next season. (USATSI)
Ryan Braun will be doing this from a different perspective next season. (USATSI)

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Earlier Thursday, the Brewers dealt outfielder Norichika Aoki to the Royals, and as a result they'll shift slugger Ryan Braun from left field to Aoki's former primary position of right field. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel tweets that manager Ron Roenicke will soon finalize the move with Braun. 

Braun was a third baseman coming up through the minors and during his rookie season, so he has some arm strength. He was shifted to left field prior to the 2008 season, and his advanced numbers at the position show a general trend of improvement over the years. 

Braun, 30, is coming off a 2013 season in which he batted .298/.372/.498 with nine home runs in 253 at-bats. Braun missed the final 65 games of the season because of a Biogenesis-related suspension. For his career, he owns an OPS+ of 146. Braun led the NL in homers in 2012 and was named NL MVP in 2011. 

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