It was very unique that the Atlanta Braves lost two starters for the season in Spring Training and yet still were looking to have trade options from the starting staff. Who would have ever thought that when the spring started so badly? As it turns out, it really doesn’t matter because those options have taken a huge hit with the elbow fracture to Gavin Floyd. Floyd might or might not have been in the Braves 2014 postseason plans but they certainly needed him healthy.
Popular opinion suggests that the braves would likely have looked at a trade of either Floyd or Aaron Harang at the MLB trade deadline. That would have allowed them to bring up Alex Wood for the remainder of the season and maximize the value received from the free agent pitcher Floyd or Harang. The injury to Floyd has taken the option of a trade down quite a lot and left Harang who could be considered more of a wild card for the second half than Floyd would have been.
Although the trade options took a huge hit, it is at least possible that the Braves could take a look at trading Harang still. They might want to get a look at a starter in return if that happens and the choice to take over the fifth spot in the rotation might fall to David Hale. If they are looking for opinions of the general baseball world, the Braves might want to hang on to all of the starters they have. They haven’t had much luck from a health standpoint and the more MLB starters they have, the better.