The Braves are trying to unload Nick Swisher

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13 Comments’s Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are trying to trade outfielder Nick Swisher. This comes as no surprise as the club has sold off most of its remaining assets already this offseason, having previously dealt shortstop Andrelton Simmons, outfielder Cameron Maybin, and starter Shelby Miller.

The Braves acquired Swisher along with outfielder Michael Bourn from the Indians this past August in exchange for infielder Chris Johnson. The Braves owe Swisher the balance of his $16 million salary for the 2016 season, some of which is being paid for by the Indians, who sent $10 million to the Braves along with the two players. Bowman notes that the Braves would have to cover a large portion of Swisher’s remaining salary in order to facilitate a trade.

Swisher, 35, hit a paltry .196/.312/.320 with six home runs and 25 RBI between the Indians and the Braves. It marked his second consecutive season with dismal numbers, including a combined -2.4 WAR, according to Baseball Reference. Only Will Middlebrooks (-2.5) has been less valuable. Ryan Howard is tied wish Swisher at -2.4.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).