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Braves News: Atlanta has holes to fill with Winter Meetings on tap

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Braves head to Winter Meetings with work to do

The Atlanta Braves may or may not make a deal at next week’s Winter Meetings in Las Vegas but they have a list of areas remaining that they are hoping to shore up before the start of next season.

Braves sign infielder Andres Blanco to minor league deal

Atlanta signed veteran utility infielder Andres Blanco to a minor-league deal on Friday. Blanco spent last season at Triple-A with the Brewers.

Which teams are waiting to pounce on bargains?

The Braves are one of several teams that are headed to the Winter Meetings looking for bargains. Atlanta already made a splash with the signing of Josh Donaldson and is now looking to plug holes including one in the corner outfield.

As GM Alex Anthopoulos indicated to reporters earlier this week, the Braves don’t have a lot of money to spend under their current budget. But they figure to jump in to the outfield market once the most expensive players come off the board, such as Bryce Harper and A.J. Pollock, and they probably will take advantage of the staggering number of unsigned relievers.

MLB News

It sure sounds like Bryce Harper won’t be returning to the Nationals

It may very well be the end of an era in Washington. Nationals owner Mark Lerner did a radio interview on Friday and said that he doesn’t expect free agent outfielder Bryce Harper to re-sign.

“When we met with them and we gave them the offer, we told them, ‘This is the best we can do.’ We went right to the finish line very quickly,’ Lerner told 106.7 The Fan. “And we said, ‘If this is of interest to you, please come back to us and we’ll see whether we can finish it up.’ But we just couldn’t afford to put more than that in and still be able to put a team together that had a chance to win the NL East or go farther than that.”

Luis Valbuena, Former Pirates Infielder Jose Castillo Killed In Car Accident In Venezuela

Tragic news out of Venezuela as Major League Baseball announced that Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo had both died in a car crash. Suspects are reportedly in custody as apparently the wreck was the part of an attempt to kidnap or rob the two players.

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