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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DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 01: Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 01, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 01: Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 01, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

4. Marcus Stroman

This is the wild card for the Braves. Perhaps the most sought after pitcher on the market, if he’s healthy. But the health question is a massive question mark. Stroman missed his last start before the All-Star break with a left pectoral issue. This throws a wrench into any plans the Toronto Blue Jays had of moving their prized pitcher.

Prior to his injury, Stroman made 18 starts with an ERA of 3.18. His record is 5-9, but that may not be entirely his fault, the Blue Jays have been a dreadful 34-57 this season. Another advantage to Stroman is he’s under contract for next season, too. That means the Blue Jays will likely be seeking more in terms of prospects, but that is something the Braves have plenty of.

Prediction: Marcus Stroman was a solid option who became a wild card going into the All-Star break. Stroman seems to fit the mold the Braves like to have on their roster. He has postseason experience also, something that would be vital for this roster full of young players. Stroman is also an innings eater. He pitched over 200 innings in 2016 and 2017, falling short in 2018 with an injury.

The Braves could be bullish on Stroman with his injury history as of late. Last season he was sidelined, and now, he’s sidelined with his latest injury. Stroman would have been a perfect fit for the Braves, and still could be, but now I’m skeptical of how he would hold up during the second half of the season and playoff run.