The Braves are rebuilding, and with that comes the desire to add as much young talent as possible. As the club continues to struggle this season, one report claims John Coppolella is 'desperate' to load up on draft picks, even if means taking on a bad contract or two.
From Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports:
Sources: Braves are desperately trying to "buy" tradable draft picks by offering to take on bad contracts if teams include picks as well.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 28, 2016
No takers for Braves draft-pick offers yet. Atlanta, now 4-17, is going full tank and trying to get as much draft money as possible.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 28, 2016
Coppolella has certainly got creative on the trade market as the club's GM. He landed former first round pick Touki Touissaint from Arizona for essentially $9 million (via Bronson Arroyo's contract), and he made numerous trades last summer to acquire international slot money. The Braves acquired the No. 40 overall pick in this year's draft from the Marlins in the Alex Wood trade.
He also dealt Chris Johnson, who was signed through 2017, for two players, Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher, who are off the books at the end of 2016.
The Braves have the No. 3 overall pick in June and four top-100 selections altogether (3, 40th, 44th and 80th).