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MLB trade rumors: What might the Braves do before Monday's deadline

The Braves have already shipped out Hector Olivera, Dario Alvarez and Lucas Harrell. Who else could be on their way out?

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The Braves have been busy the last couple of days leading up to Monday's non-waiver trade deadline. They've already swung two deals with Texas and San Diego, and more could be on the way. With the deadline less than 24 hours away (4pm ET Monday), let's take a look at what they may do:

Julio Teheran

It's been silent on the Teheran market, and it seems like John Coppolella is sincere when he says he won't trade his No. 1 starter. I'd be pretty stunned at this point if Julio was dealt.

Jim Johnson

It's hard to imagine Johnson being around when the Braves take on the Pirates on Tuesday night. Johnson has really turned his season around since coming off the DL in late June, and relievers are always a commodity before the deadline. Johnson has struggled in previous years after changing teams mid-season, but considering the cost of guys like Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, it's a worthwhile gamble to take for much less of a cost.

Jeff Francoeur

The Braves have reportedly asked for a top-10 prospect to move Francoeur. Whether or not you believe that, it does seem the team would like to keep Frenchy around for his leadership in the clubhouse.

Erick Aybar

The Braves would likely give Aybar away for nothing if a team came calling. No one has called — who can blame them? — but recent shortstop injuries in Toronto and New York may prompt someone to take him off Atlanta's hands for two months. Let's get the Dansby Swanson era going already.

Nick Markakis

It's been quiet on the Markakis front since a report surfaced a few weeks ago about the Royals being interested. Kansas City has since fallen off a cliff and are no longer buyers. The only other suitor before the deadline would seem to be the Orioles, and they don't really have a spot open at the moment. An offseason trade seems much more likely.

Ian Krol

If some team really wants to give a decent prospect for him, sure.

Gordon Beckham

If some team really wants to give a decent prospect for him, sure.

And who could the Braves target? It would seem there are limited options after adding Matt Kemp on Saturday.

Brian McCann

The Braves have been linked to McCann quite a bit over the last 48 hours. The holdup is that they want the Yankees to eat a substantial amount of the $34M he's owed the next two years, plus an easily attainable option for 2019 that will cost $15M. The Yankees don't want to eat money on players they trade.

I'd want the Yankees to cover at least 60 percent of McCann's remaining deal in order to take him on the next 3+ years. That would mean the Braves pay him less than $7 million annually. He'll be 33 by opening day next year, and a lot of his power comes from playing in Yankee Stadium. His knees can only handle so much behind the plate. Even in a platoon with Tyler Flowers — which would be pretty solid — I'd rather make a run at Ramos or Wieters in the offseason for more money.

Other than McCann, I don't really see any other high-priced veterans who would fit with Kemp now in the mix. The front office hasn't been afraid to get creative during the rebuild, though, and nothing should be ruled out.

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