The Atlanta Braves aren't exactly chomping at the bit to trade starting catcher Evan Gattis, but trade interest from a Texas Rangers team looking to retool for the 2015 MLB season could at least present a very intriguing dilemma for Braves management.
Per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, "according to major league sources, Braves officials gathered Monday for a hastily-arranged strategy session to scour the Rangers farm system. The clubs were scheduled to talk later Monday."
The Rangers and Braves were initially rumored to be potential partners in a deal which would ship Justin Upton to the Lone Star State, but now it appears that Gattis could be the apple of Texas' eye during the current MLB winter meetings.
While Atlanta is reticent to part with Gattis, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out that the Rangers have plenty of intriguing prospects to choose from if the Braves decide to pull the trigger:
#Braves not eager to trade Gattis, but #Rangers could offer multi prospects from among P's Alex Gonzalez, Jake Thompson, OF Nomar Mazara etc
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) December 8, 2014
Despite the conversation taking place, Grant indicates that the deal is still a “long-shot from being even a long-shot,” especially with Gattis' very-reasonable price tag and four remaining years of club control (arbitration-eligible from 2016-18).
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