Braves general manager John Coppolella took to the team’s Twitter account Friday afternoon, providing an interesting (and candid) look at the team’s current state. Though Coppolella addressed a number of issues, here’s a look at some of the most interesting transaction-related tidbits:
- Atlanta is in active trade talks with multiple teams, and may be close to completing a trade. Though the players involved in the proposed deal are not known, pitchers Arodys Vizcaino, Bud Norris and Alexi Ogando have been frequently mentioned in recent reports.
Talked to a dozen GM's yesterday. One possible trade today, but those fall apart all the time. We are working. https://t.co/ZLp1Qn6KXn— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 24, 2016
- The Braves are unlikely to trade right-hander Julio Teheran, who has been frequently mentioned in trade rumors since last winter.
Yes. I don't see us trading Teheran at this point, he's almost into "right-arm" type status for us now. https://t.co/mnVUH3fEXh— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 24, 2016
- Coppolella has called Padres general manager A.J. Preller multiple times about acquiring Wil Myers, who is known to be available this summer.
Yes. I have called AJ Preller about him multiple times. https://t.co/b0zIsyieBd— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 24, 2016
- First baseman Freddie Freeman is still untouchable in trade talks.
- Atlanta is (unsurprisingly) trying to upgrade its offense, and is focused on getting a power bat at catcher. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who will be a free agent this winter, has been rumored as a Braves target for months.
No doubt we need to upgrade our offense and that will be our primary objective this off season https://t.co/0U3sAJ2BvF— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 24, 2016
We have taken two catchers in the top 2 rounds the past two drafts -- it's a big need for us that we will explore FA https://t.co/YXi2RgAxFo— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 24, 2016
- Atlanta does have interest in Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber, though it appears unlikely the Cubs will trade him at any point this season.
Yes, but the Cubs have interest in him too and for good reason. https://t.co/3eUHBzxmqF— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 24, 2016
- Coppolella admitted some interest in Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar, though did not mention talks with Texas to this point.
- Coppolella characterized last year’s three-way deal with the Dodgers and Marlins involving Alex Wood, Jose Peraza and Hector Olivera as a bad trade for the Braves in the wake of Olivera’s suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.
Yes -- bad trade for us and one that I wish we had back -- all we can do is learn from it and move forward https://t.co/LXvZPoKSwK— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 24, 2016
- Atlanta does not have interest in Cuban free agent infielder Yulieski Gurriel, who is likely to sign with a major-league club in the near future.
- Coppolella praised interim manager Brian Snitker, and repeated that Snitker would be considered for the team’s permanent managerial job this offseason.
We are going to evaluate at the end of the season, but the team has responded well under him which is encouraging https://t.co/O6I0jtE38H— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 24, 2016
- Atlanta expects to be very active at the trade deadline, and may strike early in talks. The team may add major-league talent via trades this summer by trading prospects, and is even exploring acquiring competitive balance picks in next year’s draft.
Hope to be very active. If we are sitting on our hands at 25-47 we aren't doing our job for Braves fans. https://t.co/7ev7FvTZlL— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 24, 2016
The first chance we get we will try to make it happen https://t.co/buSSnH3p3U— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 24, 2016
We will be trading prospects for pieces, but they will be long-term assets and not rentals https://t.co/NaDRGKhyr6— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 24, 2016