3 trades Atlanta Braves should make to replace Ronald Acuña Jr.

Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves. (Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)
Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves. (Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Joc Pederson, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves
Joc Pederson, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves. (Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports) /

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Joc Pederson provides power and defense on an expiring contract for the Braves

What Atlanta needs more than anything if they do trade for a player to offset losing Acuna for the season is someone who provides a bit of what he can do in right field. Let’s take foot speed on the base paths out of the equation for now. The Braves need to add a guy with some pop at the plate and can flash the leather on occasion, preferably on an expiring contract. Joc Pederson is that guy.

With the Chicago Cubs about to have a fire sale ahead of their inevitable rebuild in 2022, Pederson could be a sneaky-good trade asset for them. The long-time Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder signed a one-year deal with Chicago this offseason after winning the World Series. He would be temporary solution to a short-term problem for Atlanta. Pederson will not cost a ton.

Atlanta will not have to give up Pache or Waters for Pederson, nor any of their top five prospects. Harris may have to go to the Cubs, or really any mid-level prospect in the Braves organization. Again, the Cubs are heading towards a painful rebuild, so replenishing the farm system is paramount for them. Atlanta is desperate, so maybe the Cubs take advantage of their situation?

Overall, the Braves may just stand pat and take their beatings in the second half of what looks to be a losing season. Though the outfield trio of Arcia, Heredia and Inciarte could get old, keep in mind that Pache and Waters are just up the road at Triple-A Gwinnett. Maybe they get some run here soon? However, the Braves may be in the market to trade for one of these three veterans.

Who else should the Braves look to acquire by way of trade to offset losing Acuña for the season?

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