After the quick out in the MLB postseason, there is some thought that the Atlanta Braves need an established ace starting pitching for the top of their rotation. That is easy to agree with because what team couldn’t use another great starter at the top of the rotation? Every one could of course and the Braves are no different. The issue becomes difficult because they don’t sell great starting pitchers at the local surplus store but they do cost a ton of money. There are not many around either that are available. One name that has popped up in rumors is David Price.
The Braves would benefit some from a starter like Price but they don’t need him badly enough to trade good prospects away for him. If he came for free then sure that would be nice but he doesn’t. Alex Wood is possibly a future ace caliber starting pitcher and the same goes with David Hale. The Braves don’t need to risk parting ways with one of those guys or a similar player from the minor leagues for a temporary pitching fix.
Mainly the reason they don’t need Price is that they don’t need anyone. Oh, they need a more experienced ace starter for sure but that doesn’t mean they have to go trade for or sign one. Think about where Julio Teheran, Mike Minor and Kris Medlen were last season compared to now.
Each one of them made huge steps forward during the 2013 season and each one got a good dose of experience in the Braves losing effort in the NLDS. Any one or two of them could emerge as a top of the line ace. Brandon Beachy could be one as could Wood within a year or two. There is not a guy out there that the Braves need badly enough that they should risk their well built, home-grown future. Not even Price.