Will the Braves be Sellers at the Trade Deadline?

| July 16, 2015

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Kyle Taylor, Valdosta Today Sports

The 2015 off season was unlike any in recent Atlanta Braves history. New GM, John Hart, came stepped into office and immediately made some calls to other teams across MLB about the availability of household names on the roster.

Could the fire sale continue into the July 31st trade deadline?

The Braves have exceeded expectations overall on the season, and will come out of the All-Star break with a record of 42-47 and seven games behind the Nationals in the East. Atlanta is six games behind the Cubs for the second and final Wild Card spot.

Before being swept by the Rockies over last weekend in Colorado, the Braves were on a hot streak that brought them in striking distance of the Nats. All the while, Freddie Freeman has been dealing with a wrist injury that has landed the star first baseman on the disabled list.

News came out yesterday that Freeman’s injury is not healing as the Braves had hoped and he will likely not be ready before the first of August. Jason Grilli also came down with an Achilles injury that ended his 2015 season.

This team has shown all season that they have a lot to prove, and have enough talent to put together winning streaks, but will the injuries and division deficit force the hand of John Hart at the trade deadline?

Rumors were already swirling that Cameron Maybin and Jason Grilli were potential trade pieces that could bring back more young talent to the minor league system. This of course was before Grilli went down with the injury.

What will the roster look like on August 1st?

John Hart told MLBtraderumors.com, “Do we pick up the phone, or answer the phone? I’m not sure yet.” Hart noted that he “never made promises that we were built to win this year.”

Hart discussed the current roster and the possibility of being sellers, “We don’t have the big chip that will take somebody over the top. If people want good pieces and they can offer us something, yeah. But we’re going to take great care. We’re playing short. There is a very real possibility that we won’t do anything.”

The Braves GM also noted that it is very unlikely they will be buyers at the deadline, but have signed free agent Jason Frasor to fill a void in the bullpen.

It looks as if the Braves will stick with what they have, hope Freddie Freeman can make it back soon, and that Jim Johnson can fill the closers role, while the team competes the rest of the way and continues to develop the young talent on the way.

After the off season the Braves had, it is important to note to expect the unexpected.

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