The Atlanta Braves were one of the teams to scout Toronto Bluejays Marcus Stroman’s recent outing. Their interest in the young pitcher isn’t surprising considering their need for starters.
The Atlanta Braves are going to make at least one move before the trade deadline. That much we know, the question is whether they will spend on a top starter? One of the most sought after starters will be Marcus Stroman.
Stroman is enjoying a bounce-back season for the rebuilding Jays and will likely be on the move. Atlanta should have some interest though they shouldn’t overpay for an inconsistent pitcher.
Atlanta needs a pitcher who will help solidify their rotation during the postseason. Someone they can start in a game two or three of a postseason series and know they have a chance to win.
Stroman is a great piece but he doesn’t fit what Atlanta is looking for. They need a veteran who can help lead a young pitching staff and give them another legitimate starter to pencil in during the postseason.
Stroman has been a productive pitcher this season and would be a great addition if Atlanta opted to add him and another starter. Adding him as the lone addition, however, would be a failure considering what Atlanta needs.
Adding another question mark to your rotation full of question marks accomplishes very little. Atlanta needs to focus on adding an accomplished pitcher or a veteran who has experience pitching in high leverage games.
Though a starter has to be at the top of their priority list adding a closing option should be as well considering Luke Jackson’s recent struggles.
A veteran starter who will solidify their rotation and a late-inning arm should be the Braves focus. Anything apart from that will be a failure that leaves Atlanta vulnerable come postseason time.