Atlanta's biggest trade chip is now in an Angels uniform but there are still a number of Braves who could find themselves playing for another team after today's 4:00 pm ET non-waiver trade deadline. Lefty reliever Will Ohman is Frank Wren's biggest remaining trade chip. The White Sox, Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Tigers, Cardinals, Marlins, and Phillies have all been linked to Ohman. Other players who could be moved include center fielder Mark Kotsay and utility man Greg Norton. Chop-n-Change will have all the latest Braves trade news as it breaks so check in often.
Update (3:57 pm):Jayson Stark is reporting that the Braves have informed teams that they will keep Ohman unless a team ups their offer for the left-handed reliever. I just can't imagine that Wren didn't get one offer that is worth more than the compensatory pick that Ohman will bring in.
Update (3:10 pm): Rob Bradford of the Boston Herald says that Frank Wren asked for a pitching prospect from the Red Sox (not Clay Buchholz or Justin Masterson) in exchange for Ohman and the Sox passed. With about 50 minutes left until the deadline, things could certainly change, especially if the Red Sox can't land Ron Mahay.
Update (1:54 pm):Jason Beck of mlb.com says that Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski is still looking for a veteran reliever even after acquiring Kyle Farnsworth yesterday. He adds that the Todd Jones injury could "provide urgency" to get that relief help. Remember, Dombroski and Frank Wren have a history together.
Update (1:40 pm): Mark Bowman of mlb.com says that the Braves may keep Ohman because they do not believe the offers they have received are better than the sandwich pick Ohman would bring in if he were to walk at the end of the season. I still think a deal will get done.
Update (1:37 pm):Ken Rosenthal over at Fox Sports says that the Phillies are targeting three left-handed relievers: Ohman, John Grabow of the Pirates, and Jack Taschner from the Giants. He also says that Ron Mahay is unlikely to be traded.
Update (1:25 pm):Jayson Stark of ESPN.com is reporting that the Yankees and Red Sox are both looking at Cubs southpaw Scott Eyre as a "back-burner option". It seems like Ohman is the premier left-handed reliever on the market right now and what this tells me is that both teams are likely still interested in Ohman.
Update (12:47 pm):Jayson Stark says that the Rays are considered unlikely to make a trade before today's deadline. The Rays had previously been mentioned in connection with Will Ohman.
Update (11:26 am):Peter Gammons of ESPN is reporting that the Marlins have acquired left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes. This probably removes the Marlins from the Ohman mix.
Update (9:22 am): ESPN.com's Jayson Stark is reporting that if the rumored three-team deal involving Manny Ramirez happens, left-handed reliever John Grabow would go from the Pirates to the Marlins instead of to the Red Sox as previously reported. If either acquires Grabow, they'd probably be out of the Ohman sweepstakes so it's good to know that a Manny trade won't stop the potential bidding war between thee top three teams in the AL East.