Fans of the Atlanta Braves are quite familiar with the concept of "everyone" being available via trade in recent months, and that theory has another adopter. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (formerly of CBS) put together a list of 30 players that could be dealt in trade before the 2016 deadline at the end of July, and four members of the Braves were included.
Headlining the list was starting pitcher Julio Teheran, and Heyman had this to say about a potential deal:
The Braves are saying they fully expect to keep him, but they expected to keep Shelby Miller, too. In a market almost bereft of starters and at a time he’s showing positive signs, he could bring a haul (not a Miller haul, but some sort of haul).
It comes as no surprise to anyone that Teheran could be available, but in the same breath, whispers continue that John Coppolella and his staff are asking for the world in exchange for their most established arm. Teheran's contract remains obscenely valuable in its cost control, and that should underline any discussion of his value.
Later, Heyman referenced "cornerstone" player Freddie Freeman as a name to keep an eye on, saying this:
Yes, I know, Freeman is the one player the Braves have said they want to hold onto. But word is, they are concerned about his recent production, and we know Braves people will consider anything.
The most alarming portion of this comes with the team being "concerned about his recent production", as Freeman has struggled by his standards throughout the 2016 season. The smart money is probably on Freeman remaining with the team through the deadline, and Heyman isn't saying otherwise, but if he continues to struggle, Atlanta could become antsy with their star first baseman.
In addition to Teheran and Freeman, the list includes Nick Markakis, and Heyman asks "where has the power gone?" with the corner outfielder. This topic has been covered ad nauseum, but considering that Markakis has two additional years on his contract at eight figures each, he is a prime candidate to be moved. Lastly, Arodys Vizcaino finds his way into the mix, with the caveat that the Braves could also be looking to peddle Alexi Ogando to opposing teams in a deal.
Only time will tell as to whether the Atlanta Braves will make any sweeping changes before the end of July, but the smoke will continue until then, regardless of action. Stay tuned.