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Atlanta Braves’ Top 5 Trade Assets

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Atlanta Braves Top 5 Trade Assets

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The Atlanta Braves will likely be buyers when the trade deadline hits. They currently lead the National League East by four games and will most likely find themselves in the postseason if they continue to play the way they have in the first half. Fortunately for them, they have plenty of trade pieces which should help them land whoever they feel they need heading into fall baseball.

They have one of the best and deepest pitching staffs in baseball. They currently rank second in MLB with a 3.29 team ERA and have a miniscule 2.72 bullpen ERA. Their depth goes even further than their big league staff though. Most of the top prospects in the Braves’ organization are pitchers.

They rank 16th in the league in batting average and could possibly be looking to add a utility infielder with a high on-base percentage. If they were going to add a player, they would most likely look to add someone like Marco Scutaro who can play multiple infield positions and who won't struggle to get on base.

The Braves don’t have a lot of holes in their roster as currently constructed. If they were to add players at the deadline, they wouldn’t have to give up their top prospects because they simply don’t have glaring needs. The players they will be targeting will come at a much lower cost than the ones other teams are looking for. No matter what direction they choose to go, they’ll be able to accommodate their trade partners with whatever they desire.

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5. Luis Ayala, Relief Pitcher

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Luis Ayala has been on the disabled list since April, so it's not like the Braves have missed him much while he's been gone. The way their bullpen has been twirling the ball, they could afford to offer up this veteran reliever to buyers looking to bolster up their bullpen.

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4. Christian Bethancourt, Catcher

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Christian Bethancourt could be the future Braves' catcher when Brian McCann eventually hangs it up. He's an exceptional defensive catcher, but has been a little inconsistent with the bat.

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3. Alex Wood, Pitcher

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Alex Wood is one of the most versatile prospects in the Braves' organization. The left-hander is currently being used out of the bullpen because he was simply doing too well in the minors not to be used with the big club. He'll likely be a starting pitcher in time, but he is showing his value out of the bullpen for now.

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2. Evan Gattis, Catcher

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Evan Gattis is currently on the disabled list, but you can't really expect this freak of nature to be there too long. Gattis built a name for himself with some of his first swings in the majors, which means the Braves could possibly get more for the slugger now than they ever will in the future. He is unlikely to be an everyday catcher and could easily find a home as a designated hitter in the American League.

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1. Sean Gilmartin, Starting Pitcher

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Sean Gilmartin has a bright future ahead of him. He was the Braves' first-round pick in 2011 and will be pitching at the back end of a rotation soon enough. Gilmartin would likely bring the most in a trade should the Braves decide they need to improve their lineup with more of a marquee player.