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2012 GM Meetings: No deals for Braves, but progress still made

Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren says that things were discussed at the recent baseball GM meetings, but no deals were made.

Scott Cunningham

Atlanta Braves front office officials left the MLB general managers meetings without making any deals, reports David O'Brien, but they still feel the meetings were productive. General manager Frank Wren summed things up:

"Overall it was beneficial to sit down with clubs and discuss possibilities and we were able to advance some discussions."

The Braves have a number of needs for the 2013 season, including two outfielders, one of whom they'd like to hit leadoff and one who can hit for power. The Braves traded for Dan Uggla at the 2010 GM meetings, but generally speaking there's more advance work done than direct dealing.

The most recent free agent action for the Braves was a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer to Michael Bourn. As expected, Bourn turned down the deal and the Braves will receive a compensatory draft pick if/when Bourn signs elsewhere.

Previous reports have indicated that pitcher Jair Jurrjens is among the players the Braves may offer in deals. Josh Hamilton is a center fielder on the free market, but Atlanta isn't likely to make him an offer.

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