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Braves trade rumors heating up: Latest on Jim Johnson, Pierzynski, and Gomes

Jim Johnson continues to be the subject of the most attention from other clubs while AJ Pierzynski and Jonny Gomes also are being talked about

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With the trade deadline fast approaching, markets across baseball are heating up, especially on players who are on short, cheap contracts that can help contenders "win now" as it were. It just so happens that the Braves have one of the hotter commodities on the market in closer Jim Johnson.

This was hardly unexpected even after Jason Grilli's season ending injury given how cheap Johnson is this year as well as the fact that its a low risk deal as he is a free agent after this year. He has also performed very well in the closer's role for the Braves and has a been a steady presence in the bullpen this year. If he is traded (and at this point its more "when" than "if"), Arodys Vizcaino is the leading candidate for the closer's role going forward.

However, JJohnson isn't the only Brave getting some attention in advance of the trade deadline.

As Crasnick reports, AJP and Gomes are both veterans of playoff runs and have a high amount of utility for a contending club (AJP as a lefty backup catcher with pop, Gomes as a strong clubhouse presence and good play against lefty pitchers). They are also affordable for virtually any team and the Braves have internal options to replace them, although it does call in to question whether the Braves feel like Christian Bethancourt is an option they want to entertain this year at catcher.

These are just the latest rumors regarding the Braves, we will keep you posted as the market develops and we know more.

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