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Braves news, rumors and links from Day 1 of the Winter Meetings

Updated: Dec 12, 2018

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The time-honored tradition of baseball's hot stove hits Sin City this week. It is there that the executives, players, media and all other baseball people will set up shop this week. And it is there that all 30 teams hope to have substantive talks towards improving the big league club, the minor league system, or both.

The Atlanta Braves find themselves in a good place both financial and organizationally to continue their winter shopping, but general manager Alex Anthopoulos is taking his usual measured approach.

Here are news, notes and links from Day 1 of the Winter Meetings:

Could the Braves move major league players in the right deal? Possibly.

Braves open to trades at Winter Meetings - Mark Bowman, MLB.com

Anthopoulos is not getting caught up in the hype of the Winter Meetings.

Rumors fly: Braves’ GM shrugs them off - David O'Brien, The Athletic

Answering some questions about the Braves' plans and potential moves.

Braves' Winter Meetings Mailb Bag: Day 1 - Gabe Burns, AJC.com

Brokering a trade for Indians' Kluber or Bauer carries a high cost.

Chance’ Braves could deal from big league roster - Cory McCartney, Fox Sports

Braves reportedly have their eye on a power-hitting outfielder.

Braves expressed interest in Nick Castellanos per report - Eric Cole, Talking Chop

Meanwhile, the Braves announced that the Baltimore Orioles claimed infielder Rio Ruiz off waivers Monday. Ruiz, 24, was dealt to Atlanta along with Mike Foltynewicz in the Evan Gattis trade with the Houston Astros in January of 2015. He batted .189/.282/302 in 169 big league at-bats over the past three seasons. This move allowed Atlanta to clear a space on its 40-man roster, which could be used for a Rule 5 selection this week among other things.