With the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star break approaching, the Atlanta Braves currently trail the Philadelphia Phillies by 4.5 games, but lead the Arizona Diamondbacks and the defending champion San Francisco Giants by 1.5 games. While the Braves have had a great season thus far, they are unfortunately playing in the strongest division in the National League. Atlanta has had to battle through numerous outfield injuries, even having all three starting outfielders on the disabled list simultaneously.
Recently there have been several rumors that the Atlanta Braves are interested in adding a more reliable outfield bat by the deadline. Two Houston Astros, Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn, have been the center of several rumors lately. This slideshow will list the top five reasons that the Braves should work hard to make a deal for one of these players before the trade deadline, as well as my prediction for the most likely trade.