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Braves daily news digest 12/30: What is Atlanta's plan?

The offseason moves made by the Braves has at least one writer wondering what the plan is in Atlanta. That and more news and notes from around the Major Leagues in today's news digest.

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Braves News

Atlanta's incoherent offseason

Mike Petriello writes that it isn't quite clear what the Atlanta Braves are trying to do this offseason and appear to be stuck in the middle which isn't necessarily a good place to be.

The Braves' offseason moves this winter seem to represent those of a franchise stuck in the middle, one unable to compete in 2015 but unwilling to fully commit to the rebuild it hopes will create a winner when it moves into its new stadium.

Class for the ages receives Hall Call in 2014's Mark Bowman continues his look back at 2014 and talks about the Hall of Fame induction class that included Atlanta Braves Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox.

Those who made the pilgrimage to Cooperstown were privileged to watch the induction of three of baseball's top five winningest managers -- Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa -- two 300-game winners -- Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine -- and Frank Thomas, who stands as one of the greatest designated hitters in Major League history.

MLB News

Phillies almost dealt Marlon Byrd to the Reds's Jon Morosi reported on Monday that the Philadelphia Phillies almost traded outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds but the deal fell through before it could reach its final stages.

Cole Hamels officially available for trade

Speaking of the Phillies, the team has also stepped up their efforts in trying to find a deal for starting pitcher Cole HamelsUSA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reports that Hamels waived his no-trade clause for the Yankees, Rangers, Padres and six other unknown National League teams.

Padres in the running for 2016 All-Star Game

The San Diego Padres have been very active this offseason and may be the favorites to land the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. While an official announcement isn't expected to come until some time in January, Petco Park appears to be leading the field.

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