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Only four surefire starting pitchers in 2013 rotation: Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen, and Brandon Beachy (recovering from elbow surgery). Also, Atlanta lacks a legitimate ace.
Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm, Freddy Garcia (all via free agency)
Current Big League Options:
Alex Wood, David Hale
David Price (via trade), Tim Hudson, Scott Baker, A.J. Burnett, Matt Garza, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana (via free agency), Cody Martin (AAA Gwinnett)
With the contracts of Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm coming off the books and Brandon Beachy still recovering from elbow surgery, Atlanta is definitely in the market for starting pitching—specifically an ace.
Unfortunately, David Price stands alone as the only true No. 1 starter on the market this winter. The Braves have the chips to acquire him and take their contention to the next level. However, with Mike Minor and Julio Teheran showing such promise, Atlanta might want to see if one of their young arms develops into the kind of ace the club needs.
If that's the case, Hudson will almost definitely be re-signed with either Alex Wood or David Hale filling the role of No. 5 starter until Beachy returns.