Braun hit .332 with 33 homers and 111 RBIs last year and led Milwaukee to the NL championship series, where the Brewers lost to the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers are counting on his offense following the departure of Prince Fielder, who became a free agent and signed with the Detroit Tigers.
"I just did a few shirtless cartwheels to show my excitement," Brewers teammate Corey Hart said in a text message.
AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley and AP Sports Writer Howie Rumberg contributed to this report.
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