Five Pitchers For Atlanta Braves To Consider At Trade Deadline

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: General manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager Brian Snitker #43 of the Atlanta Braves talk during batting practice prior to Game One of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: General manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager Brian Snitker #43 of the Atlanta Braves talk during batting practice prior to Game One of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 28: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants shakes hands with Buster Posey #28 after they won their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on June 28, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 28: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants shakes hands with Buster Posey #28 after they won their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on June 28, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

3. Will Smith

The San Francisco Giants are a team at the bottom of the NL West, all playoff hopes dead and gone. The rumors around the Giants pitching staff have been surfacing all season, mainly for Madison Bumgarner, but also some chatter for their closer, Will Smith. A local boy, Will Smith would fit perfectly into the Braves bullpen.

The soon to be free agent, Will Smith, is very likely to be moved this season for any future help the Giants can find. With the best, or second-best depending on where you read, the Braves farm system has a lot to offer the Giants. In 36 1/3 innings this season, Smith has posted an ERA under 2 with 23 saves. Smith would be the Braves closer as soon as he walked through the door.

Prediction: Will Smith could end up being cheaper, prospects wise, than someone like Shane Greene, a player who is under contract. The Giants are going to be trying their hardest to put together a decent package to get themselves back on the road to contention. The Braves have major league talent plus the prospects to get any kind of deal done, depending on what the Giants hopes are for the future.