The Braves have long said that their goal is to be competitive in 2017 and many in the industry have questioned whether that timeline is realistic given the current talent on the roster and how far away many of Atlanta's top prospects are from producing in the majors.
One of the biggest holes that the Braves must fill will be at the catcher position. After jettisoning Christian Bethancourt this offseason, the current catching stable of AJ Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers is seen as a short-term solution. With catching prospects such as Lucas Herbert and Jonathan Morales at least a few years away, the Braves appear to at least be kicking the tires on a deal that would involve one of the more highly desired catchers on the trade market in Jonathan Lucroy.
Now, there are a host of ways that this deal could have been floated given Houston's mutual interest in Lucroy as well as their rumored interest in the Braves' own Ender Inciarte. While the Braves would surely love to get Lucroy, the Brewers and Astros also both have highly desirable prospects so it is somewhat unclear as what form the trade was taking.
In Nightengale's report, the trade nearly went down about a month ago before Lucroy's price tag apparently led to the deal failing to get done. Lucroy was an All-Star catcher in 2014 and has a very affordable contract as he is owed just $9.5 million over the next two years (2017 being a team option for $5.25 million).
In short, Coppy and co. may not be done dealing yet and look to be trying to shorten the timeline for competing going in to the first season in SunTrust Park in 2017.