Ryan Braun out for 2013 but will be back

Goodbye, Ryan Braun. Hello, Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl. Not quite the same for fantasy owners, is it?

Late on Monday afternoon the stunning news broke that Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder that had repeatedly fought for his innocence when it came to testing positive for violating MLB’s drug policy in the past and with his involvement in the current Biogenesis situation, essentially gave up. While not fully admitting guilt, he has agreed to serve a season-ending suspension. Braun will miss the rest of the 2013 season, likely in a deal to avoid a longer suspension in 2014, according to the report.

Braun does this with his team in last place and while battling a thumb injury, with the stakes obviously lower than had it happened in March and while healthy. Frankly, the whole thing stinks, but the bottom line is, it’s over. He’s done. Yes, I would drop him in fantasy now because this seems irreversible since it came with his consent. The No. 2 pick in ESPN average live drafts this season, one spot ahead of Mike Trout and two ahead of Robinson Cano, finishes with nine home runs, 38 RBIs, four stolen bases and a .298 batting average. Entering Monday night’s games, Braun was tied with Brandon Belt in the No. 182 slot on ESPN’s Player Rater, and outside the top 50 outfielders. Not exactly what we paid for, eh?