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Plenty of teams will be contacting Schuerholz at the meetings with interest in Braves who could be available in trades, especially catcher Johnny Estrada, third-base prospect Andy Marte and pitchers John Thomson, Horacio Ramirez and Jorge Sosa.
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Possible trade targets include Tampa Bay's Danys Baez, Toronto's Miguel Batista and possibly Houston's Brad Lidge, if the Astros are serious about entertaining offers for the All-Star who saved 42 games and recorded 103 strikeouts before struggling in the postseason.

The Braves hoped they wouldn't have to replace Furcal, but knew there was a strong possibility and already had some discussions with Tampa Bay about shortstop Julio Lugo.