The Braves have broadened their search on the trade market now for both a proven starter and bullpen piece for the stretch run given Wednesday’s season-ending ankle injury to Tim Hudson. But finding the right fit in a narrow market over the next five days could be a challenge Braves general manager Frank Wren said. Wren said this is the thinnest market he’s encountered in 22 years of working trades at the major league level – which he attributes to the additional wild card keeping more teams in the hunt as Wednesday’s non-waiver deadline approaches. “I’ve had years where I’ve had two legal pages written out of names of potential trade possibilities” Wren said. “This year I’ve got half a page of teams and names that really fit for us so it’s a small number.” One of the primary candidates on the Braves’ wish list is Jake Peavy but the veteran White Sox right-hander is also coveted by the likes of the Cardinals Red Sox and Athletics. The Braves have the financial flexibility to cover Peavy’s salary of $14.5 million for 2014 (he also has a $15 million vesting option for 2015); it would be a matter of whether they could find the right fit in terms of minor league prospects the Braves would be willing to give up.
Braves seek starting pitching and bullpen help in thin trade market
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jul 27