May 28, 2024

The Braves entered the offseason with three specific areas requiring attention, and they’ve successfully addressed some of those concerns. They traded Jarred Kelenic and bolstered their bullpen with acquisitions like Joe Jimenez, Pierce Johnson, Aaron Bummer, and Reynaldo Lopez.

However, the starting rotation hasn’t undergone significant changes. While Alex Anthopoulos brought back Charlie Morton, who contemplated retirement, many anticipated an additional impact addition from outside the team.

Despite concerted efforts, this hasn’t materialized yet. Anthopoulos confirmed the team’s engagement with various free agents and trade targets, but circumstances have prevented successful deals.

Red-hot Jarred Kelenic gets first start for M's against left-handed pitcher  | The Seattle Times

Nevertheless, the Braves still have open spots on the 40-man roster, providing room for potential moves. Given limited enticing options in the free-agent market, Anthopoulos might explore the trade market, which offers numerous prospects for Atlanta.

At the top of the market, pitchers like Dylan Cease, Corbin Burnes, and Shane Bieber, boasting current or former Cy Young talent, are being monitored by the Braves. Of these, Bieber seems the most appealing due to his two years of team control at a reasonable cost.

Burnes is also a potential target, but the Brewers are assessing the market before deciding on a trade. Meanwhile, Bieber’s recent elbow issue and reduced fastball velocity make him a less probable candidate.

Within closer proximity, Marlins pitchers Jesus Luzardo and Edward Cabrera, with three and five years of control, respectively, draw interest. Although some might find it unlikely, the Braves have a history of deals with the Marlins.

A connection with Houston adds another layer to potential trades. Dana Brown, associated with the Astros, could facilitate discussions, with left-hander Framber Valdez being a monitored possibility.

Less attractive targets, such as Tristan Beck and Keaton Winn (who debuted for the Giants last season), along with Cubs’ pitchers Ben Brown and Hayden Wesneski, are also being considered by teams.

Considering their surplus of bats, the Braves might leverage players like Vaughn Grissom, Marcell Ozuna, or Travis d’Arnaud to entice teams in need of offense for a starting pitcher.

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