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Following Tim Hudson Injury, Atlanta Braves Should Be Buyers at MLB Trade Deadline

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On Wednesday night, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher and MLB veteran Tim Hudson suffered a gruesome broken ankle that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. The loss, which certainly does not come at an opportune time for Atlanta, is a tough one for the Braves to deal with, but then again, nobody wants to lose a pitcher of Hudson’s value at any point in the year.

If there is any good news to find in any of this, it’s the fact that the injury did occur prior to next week’s MLB trade deadline, so don’t be surprised if the Braves turn up the heat around the league to find a replacement for Hudson as the season nears its stretch run. Atlanta must become buyers and add a quality and reliable arm if they can.

On the season, Hudson was 8-7 overall with a 3.97 ERA and 95 record strikeouts. He’s a veteran on the hill, so there’s no denying the fact that is a tough break for Atlanta, who currently sits at 57-44 on the season. The good news is that the Braves have seemingly dominated a disappointing NL East to this point in the season and entering Thursday night, they hold an eight game edge over the second place squad.

One notable name that is being thrown around a lot over the past week or so is Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy, who has reportedly been linked to numerous organizations and at this point, it appears that he will likely be on the move to a playoff contender. Some believe the Oakland Athletics could be the dark horse to land Peavy, but we will see if the Braves look to make a play on him following Hudson’s injury.

Other names should surely be on the team’s target list, but don’t be surprised if Atlanta makes an addition to their rotation in the coming week.

 

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