With the trade deadline just three weeks away, time is ticking for contending clubs looking to bolster their rosters in preparation for the pennant drive.
Count the Atlanta Braves among them.
Rumors are starting to swirl, talks are picking up steam and deals are beginning to take place around the game. While Atlanta has been sitting in first place all alone virtually all season, general manager Frank Wren has no doubt been evaluating his club's strengths and weaknesses and searching for possible missing pieces.
The Braves have gotten strong pitching from the entire staff despite dealing with season-ending injuries to key relievers. Still, most of the rumors surrounding the team still revolve around adding bullpen help.
Factoring in age, effectiveness, contract status and overall cost, the following slideshow contains five pitchers that Atlanta could look to acquire in the coming weeks.
All statistics and salary information courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.