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Braves news and links: Atlanta silent at Winter Meetings so far

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Rounding up all the news and notes from the first two days of the GM Winter Meetings.

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Braves News

Braves reportedly made offer for Sonny Gray

The Braves may not be able to get a big deal done at the Winter Meetings but they have been doing their due diligence. Atlanta reportedly had talks with Oakland about starter Sonny Gray but the price was more than they were willing to give up.

Braves unwilling to deviate from plan

John Hart and John Coppolella met with the media Monday evening at the Winter Meetings and talked about their pursuit of a frontline starter. They reiterated that they were willing to make a deal if it made sense but it isn’t a situation where they will empty the farm for a single player.

A case for the Braves to NOT trade for an ace

On that note, a solid case can be made for the Braves to stand pat with their rotation.

Rangers reportedly checked with Atlanta about Ender Inciarte

Texas wants a center fielder and reportedly checked with Atlanta about the availability of Ender Inciarte. However, talks went no where.

Analyzing new Braves starter Jaime Garcia

A deep dive into what Braves fans can expect to see from Atlanta’s newest pitcher.

Travis Demeritte named to Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team

Travis Demeritte was among 24 prospects named to the Top Prospects team for the Arizona Fall League.

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 43: Jaime Garcia, Chris Archer and more

Brad and Carlos discuss the latest Atlanta Braves trades, revisit Chris Archer and Chris Sale rumors, talk about catching options and briefly touch on the new CBA.

MLB News

Nationals, White Sox in serious talks about Chris Sale trade

The Nationals are now the frontrunner to land White Sox starter Chris Sale according to a report by FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal. Washington is reportedly ready to offer top prospects Lucas Giolito and Victor Robles as part of the return package for Sale.

Giants, Mark Melancon agree to 4-year, $62 million deal

The Giants added a major piece to the back end of their bullpen with the addition of closer Mark Melancon. The deal reportedly contains an opt out clause after two seasons.