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Fair warning: This is a trade-rumors piece, but this next tidbit is entirely speculation.
I'm including it because it's very good speculation that could actually lead to something.
As reported by David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Braves decided to pick up three options on Tuesday. Brian McCann, Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm will all be in Atlanta in 2013.
With Hudson and Maholm back in the fold for 2013, the Braves have more starting pitchers than they know what to do with. In addition to the two of them, they have Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Tommy Hanson, Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran to work with. Brandon Beachy will be ready to come back from Tommy John surgery sometime in the middle of the season.
In a post on ESPN's Insider rumor mill, Jason A. Churchill wondered aloud if the Braves might use some of their pitching depth to fill their needs elsewhere via a trade or two. Depending on what happens with the club's free agents, Frank Wren could need to find a new left fielder, center fielder and/or a new third baseman this winter.
The Braves aren't the type to go out and spend exorbitant amounts of money on free agents. It's more like them to find the best value for their money, and it's oftentimes easier to do that with trades than with free-agent signings.
If the Braves do trade one of their pitchers, Mike Minor (pictured) is the best candidate. He has some solid trade value after posting a 2.16 ERA in the second half of the 2012 season. He's also only 24 years old and is not due to hit free agency until 2018.
If somebody goes, it will probably be him.
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