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Braves trade rumors: Atlanta close to making deal?

Braves general manager John Coppolella took to Twitter today, providing a candid look at the team’s trade deadline plans.

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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.
  • The Braves are unlikely to trade right-hander Julio Teheran, who has been frequently mentioned in trade rumors since last winter.
  • Coppolella has called Padres general manager A.J. Preller multiple times about acquiring Wil Myers, who is known to be available this summer.
  • 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.
  • Atlanta does have interest in Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber, though it appears unlikely the Cubs will trade him at any point this season.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.