Braves Trade Target No. 10: Kendall Graveman, RP, Chicago White Sox
Again, the White Sox are expected to aggressively mash the reset button on their roster at the trade deadline. And while veteran reliever Kendall Graveman isn’t on an expiring contract, he’s in the second year of a three-year pact with Chicago and, at 32 years old, now might be the best value that the organization can get for him.
Graveman, as he has at virtually every stop in his career over the past few seasons, has been a stalwart for the White Sox bullpen this year, posting a 3.00 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 43 appearances already on the year.
The Braves could certainly use another late-inning reliever to upgrade the bullpen. Having said that, he just barely cracks the Top 10 of their trade targets in these rankings because of the price that could come with 1.5 years left on his deal in relation to his talent.
Braves Trade Target No. 9: Michael Lorenzen, SP, Detroit Tigers
The lone All-Star for the Detroit Tigers this season, Michael Lorenzen has been a bit of a pleasant surprise in the 2023 season. After posting a 4.24 ERA or worse in each of the last three seasons — two with the Reds, one with the Angels — the Tigers likely didn’t expect the 31-year-old righty to post a team-best 3.49 ERA and 1.09 WHIP for the season. But here we are.
Of course, as has been the case for several years, Detroit is well out of the playoff race in any meaningful capacity at this point, which likely means that they’re going to sell. The biggest prize in their rotation will be starter Eduardo Rodriguez, but Lorenzen should garner a ton of interest too, as reported by Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Again, upgrading the rotation isn’t the top priority for the Braves but, if the price is right, then Lorenzen could be a perfect fit to round out the starters in Atlanta.