It’s only July 15th, and there are 15+ more days until the July 31st trade deadline in the MLB. Now sitting at second to the Phillies in the NL, the Braves have had an impressive 2018 season. But with the Phillies now sitting on top of the National League, the Braves are going to need to rally with a trade or two if they want to stay in the game for the number one spot.
A few positions stand out when discussing the kind of players that the Atlanta Braves need. For example, in the 2018 season, the Atlanta Braves have used a whopping 19 different relief pitchers, a number that appears to be rising because no one can throw a strikeout. If one thing is for sure, it’s that the Braves should start looking at trading for at least one new relief pitcher. But a good relief pitcher may be hard for the Atlanta team to come by, with little money to spend this season. Let’s take a look at a few potential trade targets for an Atlanta team who definitely needs some help in the bullpen:
Confirmed by MLB trade rumors, it appears that the Atlanta Braves are showing some serious interest in Nathan Eovaldi, current pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Braves aren’t the only team interested in Eovaldi, the New York Yankees (Eovaldi is actually an ex-Yankee), the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Boston Red Sox have all been interested in the right-hand pitcher.
Eovaldi, after several seasons sitting on the sidelines due to injury, was put into a game in May of this year. He had a rough beginning to his season, earning just four runs in four starts. But since then, Eovaldi has proved himself as a competitive pitcher in the league putting up 0 runs, 2 runs, and 0 runs in just 19 innings. Things seem to have really “clicked” for Evoladi and just in time for the trade deadline. Eovaldi looks to be a good fit for Atlanta, despite his tendency to be “home run susceptible.” Eovaldi will be a free agent at the end of this season and it looks like Atlanta is just one of the teams that may benefit from his pitching ability.
The Mets have had an awful season, this is no secret. If they’re hoping to move past this awful season, the best way is to do some trading for high-end prospects and Noah Syndergaard seems to be one of the pitchers on the chopping block for such a trade. As we all know, the best way to acquire high-end prospects is to deal pitcher Noah Syndergaard to a team in need. The assistant general manager, John Ricco, even confirmed that the team was taking offers for Syndergaard and his teammate, Josh DeGrom.
However, Syndergaard is on the disabled list with an injury to his right index finger. But, he started for the New York Mets 11 times this season, boasting a 3.06 ERA. Making him a perfect for a pitcher-needy team like the Atlanta Braves. Though Syndergaard is an extremely dynamic pitcher, there are a few things that could keep Atlanta from being interested in the player. For one, he’s already 25 years old and two, he will not become a free agent until the 2021 season. Trading for Syndergaard definitely comes with a risk for the Braves, but it is a risk that could prove to be worth it–at least until the end of the season.
Jacob DeGrom is a teammate to the previously mentioned Noah Syndergaard and he is also on the trading block in order to acquire the Mets’ some high-caliber players. The 30-year-old pitcher has had an incredible 2018 season, with a 1.84 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and an impressive 134 strikeouts in 107.1 innings. Jacob DeGrom is a powerhouse of a pitcher, but the price to acquire such a pitcher may prove difficult for the Atlanta based team, who doesn’t have much to spend on trades this season. On the other hand, many of the other teams interested in DeGromm simply don’t have a high level of talent available for a trade, but Atlanta does.
The Braves could offer pitchers Kyle Wright, Luiz Gohara, and Touki Toussaint play center fielder Christian Pache to the New York Mets for Jacob DeGromm in a trade that would work out well for both parties. Many teams are interested in DeGromm or Syndergaard, but Atlanta is one of the only teams with the kind of high-level players the Mets are interested in, to trade over.