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Braves rumors: Atlanta could target Yoenis Cespedes in free agency

Atlanta could look to pursue the current Met in an effort to provide a major offensive boost.

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The Braves could look to make a run at outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the free-agent market this winter, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Atlanta may be aggressive in adding pieces this offseason as they prepare to contend in 2017.

Cespedes, 29, will be one of the most coveted free agents available this winter and could command a contract worth up to $130 million, according to Rosenthal.

The Mets, who recently waived a clause in Cespedes' contract that increases their chances to re-sign the outfielder, are expected to make a significant push, with many other clubs likely to be involved as well.

Atlanta currently has veterans Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Cameron Maybin and Nick Markakis in its outfield mix, but could look to add a star hitter and move Swisher and Bourn to backup roles. Markakis is under team control for three more years, but Maybin could become a trade candidate this offseason.

The Braves have also been linked to pending free agent Matt Wieters in a recent report, so it appears as though they will look to be aggressive on the market for offense considering the stable of young arms they have as a result of recent trades.