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Rumor Central: Braves pursuing Sonny Gray?

The A's are said to be looking for young outfielders in trade talks for Sonny Gray. AP Photo/George Nikitin

The Atlanta Braves are still involved in talks for Oakland Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray, a source told MLB Network's Jon Morosi, confirming a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Rumor CentralGray, 27, is regarded as one of the best pitchers available at the trade deadline. The A's ace is 6-4 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 16 starts this season after struggling with injuries and posting career-highs in losses and ERA in 2016.

Morosi notes that the Braves are looking for long-term assets and Gray would fit that mold: he's under club control until 2020. Sherman echoes this sentiment, tweeting that Gray is under control during the period when Atlanta truly wants to contend.

According to Morosi, Oakland is focusing on young outfielders in discussions involving Gray and is interested in top Braves prospect Ronald Acuna. The 19-year-old Acuna, ranked No. 9 in Keith Law's midseason top 50 prospects list, was promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett earlier this month and is slashing .292/.393/.542 in 13 games at the minors' highest level.

The New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers are also interested in Gray. Per Sherman, the Yankees and Brewers are considered to be the strongest pursuers for the 2015 All-Star.

-- Alex Tekip