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Braves Rumors: More big-name trade targets emerge

In a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the trade deadline is starting to take shape.

While it’s unclear as of now exactly how interested Alex Anthopoulos will be in any of these stars, the likes of Corbin Burnes, Willy Adames, Aaron Nola and more could all be available. Passan expects the Brewers to try and pair Burnes with Adames, if they are traded at all. For Atlanta, that presents an opportunity.

As great as Orlando Arcia has been, Adames is arguably better at his best. He’s one of the top shortstops in the National League. Meanwhile, Burnes is a top-level starting pitcher who could help Atlanta in the postseason.

FanSided’s John Buhler pitched the idea of Marcus Stroman as an ideal suitor, should he become available via the Chicago Cubs. Stroman has an opt out after this season, and has been one of the best pitchers in baseball so far this season.

"“Stroman is technically a free agent after this season. He does have a player option, which he could choose to pick up, depending on where he pitches at the end of the year. If he isn’t traded at the deadline and is done with the Cubs, then I would get it. Conversely, if he were to be dealt to a contending team like the Braves and wants to stay in 2024, he could exercise that player option.”"

Buhler did admit Stroman is a bit farfetched given the asking price. Anthopoulos would have to part ways with some valuable prospects in an already-thin farm system.

A more likely option is a cheaper rental — think Rich Hill of the Pirates, or perhaps if they’re lucky and he’s healthy, Eduardo Rodriguez of the Detroit Tigers.

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