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MLB Winter Meetings: Braves And Brewers Continue To Discuss Outfielders; Jeff Francoeur Close To Signing With Royals

Other than a couple of signings involving Carlos Pena and Paul Konerko, it has been a slow morning from the winter meetings. The Braves continue to sit pat, but a few tidbits involving potential targets and former Braves continue to trickle in.

According to Mark Bowman, the Braves and Brewers continue to discuss a trade that would bring an outfielder to Atlanta for a young arm. The Brewers balked at the talk of moving Lorenzo Cain, so it would make sense to believe they are talking Carlos Gomez. The Braves equally balked during the Cain talks when the Brewers brought up Mike Minor, and understandably so. It would also make sense to believe the Braves could be trying to shop Brandon Beachy in a deal like this.

According to Tom Krasovic of Fanhouse, the Dodgers have signed Tony Gwynn Jr. to a one-year deal. The money amounts to $675,000. It is also worth noting Gwynn will not be able to enter free agency until after the 2013 season. For the amount given, this could have been a nice addition for the Braves. David O'Brien tweeted last night Frank Wren will not "go overboard," and newcomer Jose Constanza can fill the role. While I know next to nothing about Constanza, I cannot help but feel that amount of cash for Gwynn is not going overboard.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Royals are close to signing Jeff Francoeur. This is the definition of inevitable and is sure to draw plenty of jokes.

Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the Pirates are interested in utility man Alfredo Amezaga, though it is preliminary. I mentioned Amezaga as a potential target for the Braves' bench, but there have been no reports of interest coming from Wren and company.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.