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The starting rotation has been good for the Braves this year, but even before Tim Hudson suffered a season-ending injury, there was some talk that the Braves could be interested in adding another starting pitcher. It makes sense right now because only Mike Minor and Julio Teheran are sure things for the rotation at the moment, with the injured Paul Maholm right behind.
The final two spots have three guys competing for them. Brandon Beachy was blasted in his first start back by the Rockies on Monday night, so it's hard to say what he will be able to provide down the stretch. Kris Medlen has struggled since the start of July, which has led to talk that Alex Wood could take his rotation spot and move Medlen to the bullpen.
Wood has shown flashes, but he really hasn't had the chance to do much in his two big league starts and isn't a guy fans are overly confident in down the stretch without more experience.
The Braves are looking at the following pitchers on the trade market right now, according to all of the Internet rumors out there:
Jake Peavy—The top starter on the market, but according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, the Braves are not likely to be a player due to his past health issues and a large amount of money owed through next season.
Ervin Santana—A guy the Braves could be interested in, but a recent hot streak by the Royals to put them at .500 means they may not be sellers at the deadline.
Bud Norris—Norris is an interesting pitcher but one with a major question mark, having spent his career pitching for bad Astros' teams. He is a guy the Braves aren't after for this, reason according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.
Brewers starters—A pair of dark-horse candidates include Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse from the Brewers. The Braves are said not to have interest in Gallardo, per MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Although the Braves may like Lohse, he is a guy with two years left on his contract whom the Brewers surrendered a first-round pick to sign last winter, so he won't be cheap.