The loss of veteran Tim Hudson to a season-ending ankle injury Wednesday opened a gaping hole in the Braves’ starting rotation and they’ll consider all options to fill it both in-house and a limited trade market.
“A lot of thoughts have gone through my mind since last night” Braves general manager Frank Wren said Thursday morning 12 hours after Hudson broke his ankle. “It’s created a lot more (trade) discussions there’s no question.”

The Braves already sought to add a left-handed reliever before the non-waiver trade deadline Wednesday. Now they’ll consider trading for a veteran starting pitcher if they can improve a young rotation that includes only one member with postseason experience – Kris Medlen’s lone start in last year’s Wild Card game.

Right-handers Jake Peavy (White Sox) and Bud Norris (Astros) are being shopped and the Royals are reportedly listening to offers for Ervin Santana. But that’s about the extent of the starters known to be available and with plenty of teams looking for rotation help the price for each could be higher than their value.
The Braves aren’t involved in the bidding war for Cuban free-agent starter Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.

Wren’s top assistants and major league scouts will convene this weekend at Turner Field as they always do in the week before the trade deadline. But the Hudson injury added another level to the planned discussions. Wren said they’ll have to determine if any available starting pitchers – there could be and probably are more than the names being floated about so far – could help the Braves significantly without costing them too much young talent.
“I’m not sure there’s player available who’ll make us dramatically improved” said Wren who added “Our goal is to win a World Series. That’s going to be first and foremost in our thought process.”