The Atlanta Braves currently sit just 1.5 games behind the National League East division leading Washington Nationals, so it’s safe to assume they’ll be buyers before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline. The question is, how much of a buyer will they be?
With a payroll that is stretched to the maximum, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman doesn’t believe the team will be making a big move, at least in terms of additional salary. However, that doesn’t mean the Atlanta Braves are going to sit idle as fellow National League teams improve themselves.
According to Heyman, the Atlanta Braves are currently targeting left-handed reliever Andrew Miller of the Boston Red Sox. He’s not the only southpaw the team has interest in however.
The Braves are believed to be looking closely at lefty Andrew Miller of the Red Sox as their prime bullpen target, with some other lefties in the mix.
Atlanta has identified lefty in the pen as its biggest need, with Oliver Perez, who interested the Braves in the winter, Wesley Wright, Neal Cotts, Tony Sipp and Mike Dunn are among other accomplished pen lefties believed available in trade.
Andrew Miller has pitched very well in a tough American League East this season, posting a 2.52 ERA to go alongside 64 strikeout’s in 39.1 innings.
Miller, a former converted starter has experienced a career revival out of the bullpen and is quickly emerging as one of the best left handed setup men in the league.
It’s not known as to what the Boston Red Sox would be looking for, though given their recent Jake Peavy deal, it seems that they are looking for near-Major League ready talent.