Pitchers the Braves Can Trade for to Replace Tim Hudson, Restore Title Hopes

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Pitchers the Braves Can Trade for to Replace Tim Hudson, Restore Title Hopes
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When Atlanta Braves starter Tim Hudson went down with a gruesome ankle injury on Wednesday night at Citi Field, one of the strengths of a National League contender took a major hit.

Due to the scuffling Washington Nationals and inept Philadelphia Phillies, it's likely that Atlanta can reach October without Hudson. Thriving and surviving through a gauntlet of, say, the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, though, will not be easy without the services of the 38-year-old veteran.

As the trade deadline rapidly approaches, expect Atlanta to jump into the starting pitching market in order to add a veteran arm to its mix of young, talented kids that surrounded Hudson in the rotation.

Changing course with six days left until the non-waiver trade deadline isn't the soundest way to operate a franchise, but with the carrot of a World Series appearance hanging over a talented roster, general manager Frank Wren may not have many other options.

If the Braves do shop, here are three names they can trade for to replace Tim Hudson.

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