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The Daily Chop: Should the Braves shop Austin Riley?

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Should the Atlanta Braves shop Austin Riley? That is the question asked by MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand as he lists a trade candidate for all 30 teams.

Riley’s future with the Braves may hinge on whether or not the team is successful in keeping Josh Donaldson in an Atlanta uniform. While Riley ended 2019 on a down note, he still slugged 18 home runs in 80 games and showed the ability to do a passable job in left field. If Atlanta is truly reluctant to include a Cristian Pache or a Drew Waters in any deal, then Riley could end up being the trade chip that moves.

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