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Braves News: Realmuto, Swanson, Front Office

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The Braves were involved in a great deal of news on Wednesday, including a trade rumor and a significant front office hire.

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BRAVES NEWS

Braves have ‘strong offer’ on the table for J.T. Realmuto, per report

The Braves reportedly made an offer for Marlins catcher JT Realmuto according to Craig Mish, though two writers immediately tried to shoot down the rumors by reporting that no offer had been made. Who knows which way to lean, but this is the first big trade rumor of the offseason for Atlanta, so it is noteworthy regardless.

Dansby Swanson undergoes wrist surgery, expected to be ready for Spring Training

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson went under the knife this week to clean up the left wrist that kept him from playing in the NLDS. Reports indicate that Swanson will be ready for Spring Training.

Braves hire Mike Fast as Special Assistant to GM

Mike Fast, formerly of the Houston Astros, joined the Braves front office on Wednesday as a special assistant to the general manager. Fast is one of the top minds in the sport and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in analytics, such as Pitch F/X and catcher framing data. This is a slam-dunk hire by Atlanta.

Freddie Freeman named Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at First Base

Long known for his prowess with the bat, Freddie Freeman has now seemingly become one of the more respected defensive first basemen in the league. After sharing the Gold Glove at first base with Anthony Rizzo last week, Freeman was announced as the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at First Base on Wednesday.

Brantley, Ramos could make sense for Braves

Braves beat writer Mark Bowman writes that Atlanta is showing interest in free agents Michael Brantley and Wilson Ramos at the moment. These two would certainly bolster the Braves lineup, but do their injury histories make signing both a death sentence? Bowman writes that no offers have been and no formal discussions have occurred, but the groundwork could be laid this week at the GM Meetings.

MLB NEWS

M’s, Rays near Zunino-Mallex deal, sources say

Mallex Smith is on the move again, heading back to Seattle in the Mike Zunino deal. Smith was part of the deal that brought Luiz Gohara to Atlanta two years ago, and was a highly-regarded player in Atlanta. He is one of the easiest guys in baseball to like as both a player and a person, and will be a great addition to a Mariners team undergoing a major transition this offseason.