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MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that if the Braves trade for a top starter, Chris Archer is the "most likely" target.

It's been reported that the Braves are one of the main suitors for Chris Sale, but Bowman says the White Sox are insisting on Dansby Swanson being included in any deal and the Braves consider that a non-starter. That said, it doesn't sound like Atlanta is close to anything on Archer, either, with Bowman adding that so far "the Rays' ask far exceeds the Braves' comfort zone." It could all be posturing at this point, of course.
Dec 4 - 2:11 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Pedro Alvarez is on the Red Sox' radar.

Heyman says that Boston is "favoring a short-term deal" as they look to fill David Ortiz's vacated designated hitter spot, so they appear likelier to sign an Alvarez, Matt Holliday or Mike Napoli rather than an Edwin Encarnacion. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers over just 376 plate appearances for the Orioles this past season.
Dec 4 - 1:42 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates are willing to eat some of Antonio Bastardo's $6.5 million salary in a trade.

The Pirates currently have four lefties projected for their bullpen, but they'd like someone to take Bastardo off their hands. The southpaw is coming off a season where he posted a 4.52 ERA and walked 32 over 67 2/3 innings, but he did strike out 74. Walks are always an issue for Bastardo, but he's not a bad buy low option if the Pirates pay down a big chunk of his deal.
Dec 4 - 1:32 PM

Braves signed LHP Jacob Lindgren to a one-year contract.

This is a long-term play by the Braves, as Lindgren was non-tendered by the Yankees following Tommy John surgery in August. The left-hander has a big arm and could be an asset for the Braves starting in 2018 if his stuff returns post-op.
Dec 4 - 11:40 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves have "made clear" that Dansby Swanson is "untouchable" in trade talks for Chris Sale.

It's no surprise, of course, as Swanson is one of the most highly thought of young players in the game and he's slated to open 2017 as the Braves' starting shortstop. Atlanta probably still has enough talent to acquire Sale even without including Swanson, with Ozzie Albies seeming likely to headline a package. The Braves and Nationals look like the two most aggressive teams for Sale, with the Astros, Rangers, Red Sox and Dodgers also in the mix.
Dec 4 - 11:28 AM
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