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MLB Trade Rumors: Atlanta Braves Closing In On Deal?

It sounds more and more like the Atlanta Braves could be nearing a trade.

First, Fredi Gonzalez was on MLB Network earlier today and said he "felt confident" the club would add a right-handed bat. While there was no indication if that meant in a few hours or a few days, it appears a deal will be made eventually to add some right-handed punch to the lineup.

Then, David O'Brien of the AJC tweeted this:

Sounds as if the #Braves could be close to making a deal for a RH bat

Speculation has run wild since then and just about every right-handed bat has been brought up by Braves Country. Martin Gandy mentioned on Twitter that Braves farmhand Zeke Spruill will be skipped in the rotation tonight for the Lynchburg Hillcats, which led to some wondering if he could be included in a potential deal.

This is getting interesting, folks. Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for full coverage of any potential trades or rumors.

UPDATE - 7:30PM, 7/20 - We've received some clarification since all heck broke loose earlier today.

Zeke Spruill isn't involved in any impending deal; he's simply having his innings cut to avoid throwing too many this season.

In addition, Buster Olney mentioned on Twitter that Houston is likely making Hunter Pence available. He also went on to mention the Braves have had interest in the past and have the prospects to make a deal.

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