Trade season is here, and the Atlanta Braves are desperately trying to make moves.
Atlanta is 4.5 games back of the first place Nationals, and they need to add depth to their pitching staff. The team already has a good offense, a shutdown closer and three decent pitchers. However, Jair Jurrjens is pitching terribly, and the Braves need to replace him.
How? By making a trade.
Here are the latest updates to all the Atlanta Braves buzz.
On Monday, the whole world thought Ryan Dempster was an Atlanta Brave.
Now, it's clear to just about everyone that he isn't.
A deal that would've sent Randall Delgado to Chicago and Dempster to the Braves was agreed on by both the Cubs and the Braves. However, Dempster didn't agree to the deal, even though everyone believed the Braves were second on his wish list.
The Braves have apparently moved on from failing to make the trade, and it's very unlikely that Dempster will become a Brave. Dempster has dominated this year, although some teams are concerned that he will be the pitcher with a career ERA hovering around four in the second half, instead of the one with the best ERA in baseball.
There aren't many other pitchers available, but the Braves will probably look for one. Jair Jurrjens continues to throw the ball right down the middle and hitters continue to pound him, and the Braves want to replace him. They could call up Delgado from the minors, or they could trade for another pitcher.
While another pitcher may be on his way to Atlanta, Ryan Dempster sure isn't.
Ryan Dempster may be getting a lot of attention, but not as much as Brewers' ace Zack Greinke.
The former Cy Young winner is 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA, and he was drawing lots of interest. Atlanta was very interested in Greinke, and they could've really used someone like him.
Like I said in the previous slide, the Braves need pitching depth. Jair Jurrjens is a train wreck and he is absolutely not ready to pitch in a playoff run. Greinke would be the perfect guy for the Braves.
Greinke strikes out tons of batters and rarely walks anyone, which is something the Braves want. He knows how to miss bats and get out of jams, although his temper and attitude have been an issue in the past. With Ben Sheets, Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson and Greinke in their rotation, the Braves would be a hitters' nightmare.
But there's one problem.
Greinke was traded to the Angels for minor league shortstop Jean Segura and two Double-A pitchers (according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com).
Atlanta already has a shutdown closer in Craig Kimbrel, but they need a dominant setup man.
Brandon League recorded 37 saves for the lowly Mariners last year, and this year, he has nine saves. League may not be completely fit to close for a team like the Braves, but they already have Craig Kimbrel, who is almost unhittable.
Then, League would be able to pitch in situations without as much pressure.
League's ERA has been south of three for both of the last two years, which is good. He isn't a strikeout pitcher, but he has the ability to force weak contact. The Braves don't really have another reliable reliever who can get through the eighth inning, and League would be perfect.
According to Morosi, the Giants and Angels are among teams interested in League. The Braves haven't shown much interest in him, but they could emerge as a possible suitor for the dominant reliever.