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Braves trade rumors: Jonny Gomes, Jason Grilli, Chris Johnson on the block

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The team is looking to trade three veterans before the deadline.

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The three Braves players who are most likely to be dealt by the trade deadline are outfielder Jonny Gomes, Jason Grilli and Chris Johnson, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The team is expected to be on the fence between buying and selling, with a willingness to trade veterans in exchange for younger pieces.

Other Braves who have been talked about in rumors this month include Cameron Maybin and Kelly Johnson, with Maybin's availability being highly debated amidst reports that the Giants had interest in acquiring him. Atlanta has been one of the most active clubs in the pre-July market by acquiring Juan Uribe and Touki Toussaint in significant deals, and is expected to continue their aggressiveness until July 31.

Gomes has struggled this season but is known as one of the best clubhouse leaders in baseball and can provide some right-handed pop off the bench for a contender. His .204/.302/.336 line this season may lower his trade value, as well as his $3 million vesting option for next year that kicks in when he reaches 325 plate appearances.

Grilli is one of a few late relief names on the trade market, along with Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Rodriguez, and Aroldis Chapman. The Blue Jays have already been linked to Grilli in trade rumors, though they may aim higher and try to get a closer like Papelbon or Chapman.

Chris Johnson has also struggled this season, leading to a lack of trade interest in him despite the Braves' constant desire to deal him. The Mets are among the teams looking for help at third base.