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Atlanta Braves news and links: Braves on the verge of a blockbuster deal

The Braves are on the verge of making a huge deal with the Dodgers and Marlins. Who's going where? We try to figure it out, here.

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Braves nearing blockbuster trade with Dodgers for Hector Olivera, among others

During last night's Braves-Orioles game (which didn't end well, mind you), talk of a potential three-way trade between the Dodgers, Marlins, and Braves began to pop up. Now, although the deal still isn't complete, we've got an idea of who's going where. Take it away, Twitter:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">3way deal Dodgers get: Latos,Morse,Wood,Johnson,Avilan,Peraza;Braves get:Olivera,Rodriguez,Bird,pick;Marlins get Brigham,Araujo,Guzman save$</p>&mdash; Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) <a href="">July 30, 2015</a></blockquote>

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If the deal goes down (and considering all of the pieces involved, there's a chance that this could implode), then I'm with Scott: I don't get it. It really doesn't make too much sense to give up all of that for the centerpiece of this deal: A player who will be on the wrong side of 30 and who could also be having Tommy John surgery. Not exactly an ideal trade for a team that's currently rebuilding, but what can you do other than hope that it works out for the Braves?

Other Trade Rumors:

Braves are listening to calls for Julio Teheran
Could Pierzynski and Gomes also be on the move?


Banuelos has bone spur on elbow

In bizarrely positive news, Braves pitcher Manny Banuelos got an MRI, where it was revealed that the pitcher had a bone spur on his elbow. This is actually good news because this means that Baneulos' elbow ailment is nowhere near as serious as most figured it would be, and although there isn't a timetable for his return, it seems as if the lefty will be back in action sooner rather than later.

SunTrust Park bridge might not be ready for Opening Day in 2017

Well, here's something us locals are used to hearing about: Bad news about traffic in Cobb County. The bridge that the team is building in order to alleviate traffic concerns for SunTrust Park in Cobb County may not be ready for Opening Day in 2017. That could probably cause some pretty big traffic woes, and make for an extremely congesgted trip to the ballpark; At least until the bridge is completed.

It remains unclear how the Braves and Cobb County will manage the flow of game-goers through the already congested area without a bridge to span I-285, although a spokeswoman for the ball club told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week that contingency plans were being made. Plan unveiled on Monday night showed the bridge likely would not be completed until September 2017 — five months later than originally planned.


Rangers win Cole Hamels sweepstakes

Cole Hamels is now a Texas Ranger, and boy, did it cost the Rangers. The Phillies picked up three top-100 prospects in this deal, and picked up six prospects overall as they finally got a solid opportunity to pick something up in exchange for their star pitcher. Meanwhile, the Rangers are hoping that Hamels can pair up with Yu Darvish as they attempt to make a push for that second Wild Card spot. Texas has plenty of teams ahead of them in that particular race, but they're only four games out so they're not exactly dead in the water, here.

Mets/Brewers trade collapses at last moment

Last night was a bit of a wacky one for the Mets. First off, there rumors swirling during the game that the Brewers and Mets had come to an agreement in which Carlos Gomez would be sent to the Mets. This deal reportedly involved Wilmer Flores, and when the Mets crowd gave Flores a standing ovation during one of his at-bats, Flores took this to mean that he'd been traded and as a result, he got emotional on the field during the game.  As it turned out, this was all for nothing because after the game, Mets GM Sandy Alderson announced that there was no deal and the trade was off. The ordeal also prompted an incredible post-game rant from Terry Collins:

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Cleveland and Cardinals make annual deadline deal

The Cardinals and Cleveland have once again linked up at the Trade Deadline. This time, Brandon Moss will be headed to St. Louis in exchange for pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky. The 31-year old hadn't exactly been lighting it up for Cleveland this season (.217/.288/.407 with 94 wRC+, 15 HRs and 0.8 fWAR), so the fact that St. Louis gave up a pretty big prospect for Moss is kind of surprising.

Tulo hits home run in debut as Blue Jay

Meanwhile, yesterday was a good day for the city of Toronto. First, rapper Drake continued to defend the city's pride against haters from Philadelphia, and then baseball player Troy Tulowitzki continued Toronto's assault on Philadelphia by homering in his debut as a Blue Jay. Now, that's how you make a first impression, right?

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