Currently atop the National League East division, the Atlanta Braves don’t exactly need a ton of help but that doesn’t mean they wont be active come Major League Baseball’s July trade deadline.
Hoping to reinforce their already solid bullpen, the Braves have their eyes on current Chicago Cubs closer, Kevin Gregg.
Still, the Braves are expected to attempt to land at least one veteran reliever before next month’s Non-waiver Trade Deadline. While Jordan Walden and Luis Avilan have proven to be reliable as closer Craig Kimbrel‘s primary setup men, the Braves would like to add an experienced pitcher who could lessen the strain placed on Walden and Avilan down the stretch.
Avilan and Walden combined for three scoreless innings in the Braves 4-3 loss in 10 innings to the Royals on Wednesday.
The Braves are among the many teams expected to show interest in Cubs closer Kevin Gregg, who owns a 1.11 ERA in 25 appearances. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez utilized Gregg as his closer while they were together with the Marlins in 2007 and ’08.