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Big Moves the Atlanta Braves Could Actually Pull off This Offseason

Daniel KockContributor IIIAugust 13, 2016

Big Moves the Atlanta Braves Could Actually Pull off This Offseason

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    The Atlanta Braves have most of their pieces in place for the upcoming season.

    However, that doesn't mean general manager Frank Wren won't be looking for a potential big deal that could dramatically improve the team.

    At this time last year, the Braves didn't have B.J. Upton, Justin Upton or Chris Johnson.

    The Braves are in the enviable position of not having to make major moves but can pull the trigger if the right deal comes along.

    With that said, here's a look at a few big moves the Braves could make this offseason.

1. Trade Dan Uggla

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    I'd say there's better than a 50 percent chance of second baseman Dan Uggla being moved in the offseason.

    It seems like the Braves began initial preparations to move on from Uggla by leaving him off the playoff roster.

    The Braves will have to eat most of the $26 million remaining on the last two years of his contract.

    If the Braves are willing to do that, they can find a team to bite on Uggla for a relatively low price in a low-risk, high-reward situation.

    This trade wouldn't be a big deal for who the Braves brought back, but rather who they were trading away.

2. Land David Price

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    Until David Price is moved or the Tampa Bay Rays decide to retain him, he will be linked to the Braves.

    The Rays haven't specifically said what they'd expect in return for Price, but you can imagine it would be high (picked up Wil Myers for James Shields last offseason).

    This could deter Wren from making the move, but if he wanted to pursue it, I think he could give the Rays enough to talk about.

    Most likely, catching prospect Christian Bethancourt would be involved, and then the Braves have a plethora of young pitchers they could include (Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Lucas Sims, Alex Wood, J.R. Graham, David Hale and Sean Gilmartin).

    In the end, I think the Rays' asking price will be too high for Wren's liking, but I do believe the Braves could pull it off if the front office wanted to go that route.

     

3. Acquire Brandon Phillips

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    Another name that has been linked to the Braves is current Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips.

    It makes sense on a couple fronts.

    Phillips showed his displeasure in the Reds committing to Joey Votto long-term and not him. He is also from Georgia.

    Combine that with the Braves likely being ready to move Uggla and the possibility of Phillips putting up bigger numbers in their ballpark could make this a fit.

    The factor that could prevent the switch from happening is Phillips' contract, as he's owed $50 million over the next four years.

4. Acquire Jed Lowrie

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    The Braves landing Jed Lowrie would require a few things to fall into place.

    First, the Braves would have to move current second baseman Dan Uggla. It would also mean Lowrie would move to a full-time second baseman (a position he played 24 games in 2013 with Oakland).

    The Oakland Athletics are reportedly listening to offers for Lowrie, as they have Addison Russell waiting in the minors and Lowrie set to become a free agent in 2015.

    The 29-year-old switch-hitter would be a nice fit in the No. 2 hole behind Jason Heyward and in front of Freddie Freeman.

    The Braves shouldn't commit anything more than mid-tier prospects to acquire Lowrie.

    He's a name to at least monitor.

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