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Atlanta Braves May not Trade for Starting Pitcher at Trade Deadline After All

July 27th, 2013 at 9:31 AM
By Cody Fields

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With Tim Hudson done for the year with a broken ankle and Paul Maholm on the shelf for a couple of weeks with a sprained wrist, most assumed that the Atlanta Braves would attempt to make a trade for a big name pitcher. Jayson Stark, however, says that teams are getting the feel that that won't happen.

 

As always, the Braves are reluctant to part ways with their best prospects, which is the main inhibitor.

Also, despite reports that the Braves were actively pursuing the Houston Astros' Bud Norris, those talks are pretty much dead, citing his lack of big game experience.

If the Braves do go after a starting pitcher, they want him to be a top of the rotation guy. Mark Bowman says the Braves are more interested in the likes of Chicago White Sox righty Jake Peavy or the Kansas City Royals' Ervin Santana. Bowman also says the Braves aren't interested at all in Milwaukee Brewers' pitcher Yovani Gallardo, but they may show interest in the vastly overpaid Kyle Lohse.

Still, the Braves' focus in the coming days leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline will be on the bullpen, which needs the most help.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Bud Norris, Ervin Santana, Jake Peavy, MLB, trade deadline, Yovani Gallardo

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