Atlanta Braves general manager Brian Snider and his staff have been in Atlanta for two days now, and they’ve been working the phones to get the deal done.
Snider has spoken with Braves president John Schuerholz and general manager Frank Wren, and he’s had meetings with both sides.
But the most important thing Snider wants to know is how much money is involved.
“I’m just looking for the money, so I can tell you, I’m not going to give you the exact amount of money, but I can say it’s very close,” Snider told ESPN.
“I think it’s going to be about $100 million.”
Snider said he hasn’t been able to reach a final decision on the deal.
Snider is the president of the Atlanta Falcons and will lead the team out of the gate as the new team owner and general partner.
That means Snider will be the one who negotiates the contract with the Braves.
That decision, he said, is likely to be made this week.
The Braves are reportedly interested in acquiring reliever Jeff Peterson.
The 31-year-old has a 1.95 ERA over 14 starts this season and has posted a 1-0 record with a 1,000 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The Braves will reportedly be able to add a veteran reliever if Peterson leaves, though Snider indicated that the team isn’t looking to do that.
Snider also said the team has made “some preliminary” offers to Peterson.
Sniders team has already offered the pitcher $200 million over five years, according to The Associated Press.
Snipers team is also said to be in discussions with the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays, though those offers were not made public.
Sniders new team will play in the National League East division and will play the Atlanta Brewers in a home-and-home series starting May 8 in Atlanta and June 14 in Atlanta.