Pitching has been one of the Atlanta Braves' strengths this season, but arms in baseball are like lives in a video game, you can never have too many.
Braves' general manager Frank Wren is trying to press "up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a" on his imaginary game pad to add depth to his pitching staff. Wren told ESPN.com:
So is there a guy that really makes that kind of difference? If there is, I think you're willing to pay for it. If there's not a guy you see as a key contributor to a playoff team if you get there, probably you're less likely to give up a lot.
With Tim Hudson done for the season, the Braves' hand may be forced to add a starter to replace him in the rotation. That said, the team is also on the lookout for help in the bullpen, as indicated by their acquisition of left-handed reliever Scott Downs from the L.A. Angels, per Angels team spokesman Eric Kay:
#Angels acquire RHR Cory Rasmus from Braves for LHR Scott Downs. Rasmus was 3-1, 1.72 ERA, 14 S with AAA Gwinnett. Assigned to SLC roster.— Eric Kay (@EKayAngels) July 29, 2013
Are the Braves done? Here's the latest:
Ervin Santana Is Available, But Not Yet on the Radar
Ervin Santana is a logical option for the Braves.
He would be worth acquiring as he has been effective this season (6-6, 3.06) and he has postseason experience. Santana is also an attractive option because he is a free agent at the end of the season.
He could be a solid rental for the Braves for the stretch run.
As of now, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves haven't had any conversations with the Royals about Santana. We'll see if things change on this front. Kansas City has been surging lately and that could lead to them holding on to Santana.
Kyle Lohse Could Draw the Braves' Interest
Per Bowman in a separate article, the Braves may have interest in Milwaukee Brewers veteran starter Kyle Lohse. Lohse is 7-7 for a woeful Milwaukee Brewers team with a 3.22 ERA and he has 46.1 postseason innings under his belt.
He'd be a logical target for the Braves to replace Hudson's innings and veteran presence.
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