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.
Clubs that spoke with #Braves today doubtful they'll trade for a starter. Adamant about not dealing top prospects. Still more focused on pen
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 26, 2013
As always, the Braves are reluctant to part ways with their best prospects, which is the main inhibitor.
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.
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