Atlanta Braves: Buyers or sellers at trade deadline?

May 31, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves interim manager Brian Snitker (43) Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
May 31, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves interim manager Brian Snitker (43) Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

The Atlanta Braves are looking to improve their roster before the trade deadline passes on July 31. In a year where they are trying to mix and match their young prospect list with a collection of veteran talent, they could go in many different ways to improve their ball club.

The Atlanta Braves continue on their rebuilding path with interim manager, Brian Snitker. With all of the trades that the Braves have done over the past couple of seasons, they have a wealth of young players, especially pitchers. With the addition of seasoned veterans, the Atlanta Braves will have to figure out if they want to keep what they have or add new pieces.

With the Atlanta Braves acquiring many young arms, one of their options is to trade away some of them and add a power bat. They could also trade some of their veterans for prospects. Either way, the Atlanta Braves are looking to improve their roster.

Potential Additions

Although this seems like an unlikely option for the Atlanta Braves, they could pick up some prospects or even a couple of young experienced players to help them in the future. If they decide to trade some of their main players like Julio Teheran or Nick Markakis, they could get prospects or some great young players that have MLB experience.

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One name to look out for if the Braves want to add a player is Jurickson Profar. Profar is currently on the Texas Rangers roster, but if the Braves were to package Bud Norris and a prospect or two, they could get Profar. Only 23, Profar would give the Braves another talented prospect to work with.

Possible Sells

With the Braves not making the playoffs this year, this seems like a more likely option. The way that both Norris and Teheran have been pitching as of late should help them get a good haul back, especially prospects. The Braves also have some pieces in the bullpen that are expendable to other teams.

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With the trade deadline getting closer by the day, expect to see more and more rumors on Braves players due the team’s place in the division. In Teheran’s 10 starts this year, he has a 2.46 ERA and he has only allowed 13 home runs. Those numbers are great considering he did not start the season off well.

Prediction: Sellers

This should not come as a surprise as the Braves are putting their focus on developing their young players and building their farm system up. With SunTrust Park set to open next year, the Atlanta Braves want to have most of their prospects ready for the start of next season.

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I believe that the Braves would not sell Teheran unless the deal was perfect, but Norris and some of the bullpen are very likely candidates to be moved to another team. Also I could see Erick Aybar being moved if he continues to improve on both sides. Only time will tell what the Atlanta Braves will do.