Braves trade deadline priority rankings

The Braves finished June with a 21-6 record, including a 14-game winning streak, and are now just 2.5 games behind the division-leading Mets. The club has completely turned things around after a sluggish start to the season. The emergence of Michael Harris II could probably be considered the most important catalyst for the team’s recent success, but the roster still has holes in it.

The Braves could use several additions as the trade deadline nears, but many holes will be filled by their own players coming off the injured list. Still, if there’s anything Braves Country has learned about Alex Anthopoulos, it’s that he never rests on his laurels and will always look to improve the roster. He’s already said the Braves could use another left-handed bat, but what’s the team’s most pressing need as the trade deadline approaches?

1. Right handed reliever

The Braves’ bullpen has been exceptional for most of the season, but recently ran into a few bumps in the road. Most of the Arm Barn’s slowdown can be attributed to injuries, as the relievers who came in weren’t great.

Darren O’Day is 39 and starting to look like him. Although he was a fantastic pitcher for a long time, he recorded a 4.58 ERA to go along with a 1.358 WHIP this season. jackson stephens had Braves fans thinking he might be next Tyler Matzekbut has regressed towards the average lately, recording a 7.00 ERA in his last eight appearances.

Kenley Jansen is currently on the IL, Matzek and Jay Jackson work their way home, and Kirby Yates should return in the second half of the season. Still, the unit might need strengthening as we have seen wounds spread.

2. Left-handed bat

AA was candid about adding another southpaw to the roster, but Eddie Rosario approaching a return to Atlanta. Last year’s NLCS MVP was in rehab at Gwinnett, and on Wednesday went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Since joining the Stripers, Rosario is 5-for-18, so we may see him back in the lineup very soon, as the eye issue doesn’t exactly warrant caution in case of another injury.

Still, the Braves could use another southpaw to form a squad with Marcell Ozuna and Adam Duval, which were downright terrible. Ozuna is currently batting .226/.282/.406 with a .688 OPS, 14 home runs and 32 RBIs. Duvall flirted with the Mendoza line all season, but he started to hit more home runs, and at least his defense is a plus; Ozuna has become nearly unplayable on the pitch.

The Braves could also add a number of left-handers, which you can read about in our trade target series.

3. Starting Pitcher

The Braves could add a starter, and who could blame them? Ian Anderson shook, the best, this season. And last week’s chokehold at the hands of the Phillies is the latest bad outing. Anderson was only able to go 2.0 innings, allowing seven hits and as many runs, including a homer. Its unsightly 5.33 ERA has prompted some to float the idea of Kyle Muller take his place in the rotation next time.

But the Braves still have tucker davidson and Huascar Ynoa on the farm if Muller and Anderson both wrestle. The thing is, the Braves aren’t going to trade for a starter unless it’s someone Luis Castilloof caliber because fifth place in the rotation has more than enough competition. It will most likely be Anderson, but Muller, Davidson and Ynoa could all give it a go if things continue to slide for the 24-year-old.

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