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Braves trade rumors: Chris Archer more likely than Chris Sale in ace pursuit

Atlanta is pursuing both aces and is expected to be aggressive at the Winter Meetings.

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Rays righty Chris Archer is more likely than White Sox ace Chris Sale to be traded to the Braves, according to’s Mark Bowman. Bowman adds that the Rays’ current asking price is too high for the Braves to be comfortable with.

Atlanta is known to be looking for a top-end starter, even after adding R.A. Dickey, Bartolo Colon and Jaime Garcia so far this winter. Their interest in sale has been known for weeks, though talks have been unable to get off the ground floor due to Atlanta’s unwillingness to include Dansby Swanson. The Braves view Swanson as untouchable, despite the White Sox requiring his inclusion in a package for Sale.

Archer will likely require a less hefty package than Sale, which would be manageable for a Braves club with a strong farm system. While Swanson is off the table, infield prospect Ozzie Albies may be available as a headliner in trade packages.