Rangers, Braves reportedly talking Evan Gattis trade

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The Rangers have been suggested as a potential landing spot for Braves outfielder Justin Upton, but the Texas front office may have a different Atlanta player in its sights at this week’s Winter Meetings.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears the Rangers are interested in Evan Gattis and “Braves officials gathered Monday for a hastily-arranged strategy session to scour the Rangers farm system.” The two sides are expected to meet Monday night.

Gattis carries three more years of contractual control than Upton, who is eligible for free agency after 2015, and can at least partially help fill the Rangers’ hole at catcher. The bearded slugger isn’t a good defender at any position, but he did post an .810 OPS (125 OPS+) with 22 home runs in 108 games this past year for the Braves. He’d probably enjoy hitting in Texas.