Atlanta is looking to add a starting pitcher who can eat up innings and give the Braves a shot at the MLB post-season. With the trade deadline quickly approaching, the front office will need to work quickly to get the help they need for the second half of the season.
The latest rumor from Bleacher Report suggests the team looks into adding Tampa Bay Rays right-hander James Shields. The 31-year-old is 8-6 this season for the Rays with a 4.39 ERA, but the veteran pitcher has had five straight seasons with over 20 innings pitched and a player that could give the Braves the boost they need in their pitching rotation.
Shields has a career mark of 80-69 with a 4.00 ERA, but he also would give Atlanta a pitcher that uses strikeouts as a big part of his game and with over 1,150 in his career, he's the perfect pitcher to add during a chase for the playoffs.
The MLB trade deadline is July 31 and Atlanta is one of many teams looking to add talent before then. The Braves have several quality prospects they can use to add a veteran pitcher and a deal between these two teams make perfect sense and could happen over the next few days.