MLB Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves Rumors: Jake Peavy a Logical Target

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Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

There are two teams battling for Boston Red Sox starter Jake Peavy and both are in desperate need of an added starter for the push to the postseason. The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals are two logical choices for Peavy to go to, and as the MLB trade deadline nears, who knows what the Red Sox are asking for in exchange for Peavy.

The Braves are really hurting at pitcher. The Braves have lost three starting pitchers this year due to injury. Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy were lost to Tommy John surgery, and Gavin Floyd fractured his elbow, which is likely to keep him on the shelf for the remainder of the season. Atlanta coming into the trade picture is also important in case the Braves have to battle the Cardinals for a Wild Card spot in the latter part of the season.

Julio Teheran is currently the ace of the rotation in front of Ervin Santana. With the way the Braves’ luck has been this season, a pitcher like Peavy would definitely give the team some insurance and Atlanta could put Mike Minor back in the bullpen since he has not pitched very well this year.

Peavy is not doing that well either, but playing for a contender could give him some confidence. He currently has a 1-7 record with a 4.64 ERA and 84 strikeouts as well as an atrocious 11.9 HR/FB percentage. Put him on a team like the Cardinals or Braves and things could turn around real fast.

Ryan Gaydos is a columnist for RantSports.com. He comments on the latest Atlanta Braves rumors. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.