Odds of Each Atlanta Braves Trade Chip Being Moved at the Deadline
Just how much so is yet to be determined.
General manager Frank Wren would like to add a reliever to provide some depth out of the bullpen. That should not require one of the organization's top prospects.
Adding a top-end starting pitcher would be considered a luxury rather than a necessity at this point. If the Braves were to look at adding starting pitching help, that would require one or more top prospects.
As we hit mid-June, let's take a look at the odds of some Braves chips being traded before the July 31 deadline.
It's no secret that Dan Uggla's days in Atlanta are numbered.
The 34-year-old second baseman has started just one game and received eight at-bats in the month of June as Tommy La Stella has taken over the job.
It's also no secret that the Braves would be willing to depart with Uggla while receiving almost nothing in return.
While a team could buy low in hopes of Uggla providing some power, it appears no one is interested.
The problem with Uggla is both his age and the fact that his numbers have steadily declined over the past four seasons.
I don't see the Braves keeping Uggla on the roster much longer, but if a team hasn't made a trade offer for Uggla by now, then I doubt it's going to happen.
Chances: 1 percent
Christian Bethancourt is the No. 2 prospect and the top positional player in the Braves organization, according to MLB.com.
The 22-year-old catcher is MLB-ready defensively, and he is making progress with the bat.
Bethancourt has 14 hits in his past 39 at-bats (.359 average), and he recently snapped a nine-game hitting streak.
The Braves obviously have a hot-hitting catcher in Evan Gattis, which makes Bethancourt's immediate future blocked.
But MLB.com's Mark Bowman says the Braves have "toyed" with the idea of bringing Bethancourt up and moving Gattis to left field.
Bethancourt would be traded to bring in a high-caliber MLB player—most likely, a starting pitcher.
However, he will likely be staying with the Braves.
Chances: 5 percent
J.R. Graham has been up and down in 2014, a season after shoulder surgery sidelined him for the majority of 2013.
For the season, Graham has posted a 4.61 ERA and a .278 opponent batting average. He's been effective in his past two starts, allowing just two earned runs over 10 innings of work.
The 24-year-old is rated the organization's No. 6 prospect, according to MLB.com. For comparison, Tommy La Stella is rated seventh.
Packaging Graham in a deal would warrant a significant return.
However, it's unclear if other teams view Graham as highly as the Braves do after his shoulder injury and his inconsistent 2014.
Chances: 10 percent
While Cody Martin isn't rated as highly as Graham, he may be more MLB-ready.
The 24-year-old right-hander is 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA and a .258 opponent average in 76.1 innings of work for Triple-A Gwinnett.
The former Gonzaga Bulldog doesn't wow you with his stuff, but has proved effective.
Martin looks to be a solid fourth or fifth starter in an MLB rotation.
That could make him an attractive prospect for other teams and could give the Braves a quality player in return.
Chances: 40 percent
Aaron Northcraft is another starting pitching prospect the Braves could trade, which speaks to the pitching depth the Braves have built in their organization.
The 24-year-old right-hander has never rated highly in the organization, but he has been an effective pitcher at every stop.
For his minor league career, Northcraft has posted a 3.62 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. In 2014, Northcraft has a 2.87 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 62.2 innings of work for Double-A Mississippi.
Like Martin, he throws a fastball that sits around 90 mph with some sinking action.
He also projects to be a solid back-end starter in the future, making him a potential trade chip at the deadline.
Chances: 45 percent