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Atlanta Braves Trade Rumors: Braves still listening on Teheran and others, looking for a power bat

Many of us thought that the Braves were done makings moves, but the Braves are still listening to offers and interest in several key players

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The Braves have made a couple high profile moves this offseason with the departures of Andrelton Simmons and Shelby Miller. Given the packages that the Braves received back (especially the Shelby Miller deal) and the relative lack of assets to trade, it seemed as though the Braves were content to sit back and let the rest of the offseason play out.

However, it appears as though John Hart and Coppy may not be done yet...although they are certainly not actively shopping any players. According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Braves are looking for a power bat and are listening to offers on players such as Ender Inciarte, Julio Teheran, and Nick Markakis.

Bowden says specifically that 4 different GMs told him that essentially the Braves would be willing to move one of these players if they felt like they could get a player that could play a corner outfield position and hit 25+ home runs. However, Bowden goes on to say that the Braves are not actively looking to move any of these players if they can't get the power upgrades they are looking for.

Ender Inciarte was recently acquired in the Shelby Miller deal and while he has a lot of value defensively, his platoon splits are a bit concerning and the Braves do have Mallex Smith waiting down in Gwinnett. Julio Teheran has long been a part of trade rumors this offseason and with the depth of pitching in the system, the Braves may feel like they could feasibly deal from that depth again and improve the offense. As for Markakis, he was a rare positive for the offense last season, but he isn't getting any younger and had neck surgery last offseason, his power all but disappeared last year, and his defense has become more suspect in right field. The Braves could take advantage of the expensive outfield market and deal Markakis to an outfield-starved team that doesn't want to pay to land Justin Upton or Yoenis Cespedes.

One name that is suspiciously absent: Freddie Freeman. However, despite rumblings early on in the offseason, Bowden reported that of the GMs that asked about Freeman, they were immediately rebuffed and told that he was not available.

We will continue to follow along this offseason as the Bravers continue their complete remaking of the roster and farm system. As it turns out, they may not be done yet.

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