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Braves interested in Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur, per report

The Braves appear to have acquired an interest in a versatile Cubs outfielder

MLB: Chicago Cubs-Media Day Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves have seemingly firmed up most of their roster spots. While some shuffling could happen in the bullpen based on preference and the number of pitchers they plan on carrying to start the season, most the roster appears to have taken shape.

One part of the roster, however, remains unsettled is the Braves bench. While the Braves appear to have ample options to fill out the infield bench spots and with Kurt Suzuki and Tyler Flowers manning catching duties, the outfield is the most nebulous question remaining. With the injury to Dustin Peterson, options to back up in the outfield include less than inspiring options such as Emilio Bonifacio, it is not surprising that the Braves would be looking at external options.

As it turns out, one of their potential trade targets has revealed themselves

The rumors of the Braves fit the mold of a guy the Braves would be interested in: versatile (can play all three OF positions so that Ender could feasibly get a day off without CF turning into an adventure), a solid bench player in all likelihood, and would probably not cost an arm and a leg.

The report seems to think that any number of Braves players who happened to be out of options could be in play to get Szczur, but the Cubs do appear to value him to some extent so it may take a little more than that to pry him away.

Szczur has a career .673 and slashed .256/.312/.400 in 2016 in 107 games for the Cubs.

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