The Atlanta Braves are going to add a bat before the trade deadline comes to an end. The question is, which hitter will it be?
They have interest in a number of guys, and some come at a higher price than others. According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, Atlanta is reluctant to give up a top prospect for a hitter.
You can't blame the Braves for that because they have some excellent minor league prospects, particularly their pitchers. Atlanta has a few veteran starters that will need to be replaced in a year or two, and that's why they want to hold on to their top prospects.
Carlos Beltran is the one player that will cost more than any other, and the Braves have to ask themselves if he is worth it. There are cheaper options out there, but Beltran is playing really well right now.
Other hitters the Braves have interest in are B.J. Upton, Jonny Gomes, Josh Willingham and Ryan Ludwic. Rosenthal says that Hunter Pence is not a guy on Atlanta's radar as of now, which is no surprise considering the Astros want the moon for Pence.
Because the Braves strongly desire a bat before the July 31 trade deadline, they will have to give up one of their pitching prospects.
Julio Terheran, Mike Minor, Brandon Beachy, Arodys Vizcaino and Randall Delgaldo are the top tier pitchers, and Brett Oberholtzer and J.J. Hoover are the second tier guys.
As much as I am against it, the Braves will package a deal around one of these guys. They won't trade Minor or Oberholtzer because they are their top left-handed pitchers. Lefties are hard to come by, and the Braves must hold onto these guys.
Beachy and Vizcaino are the guys most likely to be on the move. Teams will covet Beachy because he has experience in the majors.
Atlanta cannot trade Julio Teheran because he is the best prospect they have, as well as one of the top prospects in all of Major League Baseball.
Any other prospect can be justified, but Teheran has to remain a Brave.