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Winter Meetings rumor roundup: Braves discussing Gattis, Upton with Rangers

A recap from day one in San Diego.

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The Braves were pretty busy on Monday as the 2014 Winter Meetings kicked off. The club reportedly signed Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano to a deal, though we still don't have official confirmation from the team or the salary numbers.

Here's a roundup of Braves rumors from Monday:

Braves, Rangers discussing Gattis, Upton?

We knew the Rangers had interest in Justin Upton in the past, but the Dallas-Morning News reported today the clubs have also discussed Evan Gattis. A clip from their story:

According to major league sources, Braves officials gathered Monday for a hastily-arranged strategy session to scour the Rangers farm system. The clubs were scheduled to talk later Monday.

For the Rangers, Gattis makes more sense than Upton. Gattis is controllable for four more seasons and not arbitration eligible until after the 2015 season. Gattis would give the Rangers a right-handed power bat who could play the outfield and also occasionally catch.

The Rangers have a deep farm system, so we'll see what more comes out of this.

Justin Upton remains a popular man

Asking price for Gattis is really high

The Braves know Evan Gattis is a valuable piece, especially to an American League team where he could be a DH.

There's nothing wrong with asking, I suppose. Next call should probably be to Anaheim about Mike Trout's availability.

Pastornicky, Varvaro among lesser pieces that could be moved

The Braves aren't just shopping their sluggers. Tyler Pastornicky and Anthony Varvaro are among a handful of players the club is open to moving this winter, reports Mark Bowman.

Braves packing Upton with Chris Johnson?

I'm about 99.99% sure Nightengale means Chris Johnson and not The Beloved Kelly Johnson, and this is certainly interesting. The Braves would have a ton of money to spend.

Did we miss anything from San Diego? Be sure to post it in the comments.

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