Joel Sherman of the New York Post heard yesterday that the Braves were pushing catcher Evan Gattis hard, but the team’s president of baseball operations, John Hart, called the report “absolutely inaccurate.” The latest on the team…
- One strategy for the Braves is to package Gattis with B.J. Upton, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Upton is owed $46.35MM through 2017 after posting two awful years for Atlanta. Rosenthal says most of the Braves’ roster is in play.
- The Braves want to add a left-handed hitter who could possibly platoon with third baseman Chris Johnson, tweets David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I doubt the Braves want Juan Francisco back, but the Cubs’ Luis Valbuena could be a fit.
- Hart doesn’t expect to make a trade at the GM Meetings, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Hart explained, “I think you’re going to have conversations. I think the Winter Meetings are a pretty good dance place, because people will have seen what is going on in the free-agent ranks, evaluated the trade market for players they want and done all of the things clubs do to make a deal.” Bowman notes that beyond Gattis, the Braves might trade Justin Upton or Jason Heyward this winter. Each outfielder is scheduled for free agency after 2015.