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Braves News: Busy deadline bolsters Atlanta bullpen

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The Braves loaded up on high-leverage arms, plus beat the Nationals to extend their division lead. Solid day all-around.

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BRAVES NEWS

Josh Donaldson rescues Braves in 5-4 win over Nationals

The Braves got seven strong innings from Mike Soroka, who allowed just one run to the Nationals. With Adam Duvall homering again, Ozzie Albies acting as a catalyst for the top of the order, and Tyler Flowers breaking out of a recent slump, the Atlanta offense was able to build a 4-1 lead as Soroka exited the game. Then the fun ended, as the Atlanta bullpen allowed a single run in the eighth on a Matt Adams homer off Anthony Swarzak to pull the Nationals within two. The ninth saw Luke Jackson allow the first two batters to reach before he was pulled in favor of Sean Newcomb. The left-hander promptly walked the first batter before allowing a bases loaded single that made the score 4-3 with no outs and the winning run on second base. A double play allowed the tying run to score, but Newcomb struck out the next batter to force extra innings. In the tenth, Josh Donaldson hit a towering go-ahead blast to right-center to give Atlanta a 5-4 lead. Josh Tomlin made things interesting in the bottom-half, but was able to secure the victory for the Braves. This was a big win for Atlanta, but also highlighted their need for bullpen help.

Deadline additions bring some much needed depth to Atlanta’s bullpen

And bullpen help is just what they got, as Chris Martin, Shane Greene, and Mark Melancon were each acquired to help stabilize a relief corps that has been anything but reliable in recent weeks. Here is Kris’ breakdown of all those acquisitions and why they could mean so much for the Braves down the stretch.

Braves acquire Shane Greene from Tigers

In addition to their acquisition of Martin on Tuesday, the Braves wanted to further bolster their relief corps, and did so with Tigers closer Shane Greene. The right-hander is controlled through 2020, and Atlanta sacrificed Joey Wentz and Travis Demeritte to acquire him.

Braves acquire veteran reliever Mark Melancon

The Braves surprisingly took on all of Melancon’s remaining salary, which is close to $20 million for this season and next. That aspect may have reduced their prospect cost, as Atlanta traded Tristan Beck and Daniel Winkler.

The Braves can truly fight now after shoring up their bullpen at the trade deadline

Demetrius looks at what the acquisitions of three potential shutdown relievers could mean for the Braves as they prepare for the stretch run.

Braves acquire catching depth in John Ryan Murphy

Murphy is hardly a suitable replacement for either of the Braves’ current major league catchers, but will provide sufficient depth in the event of an injury.

MLB NEWS

Astros deal for Greinke in Deadline stunner

Well the Astros got a lot better. Greinke was moved just before the Trade Deadline passed, as Houston traded three of its top-five prospects to Arizona for Greinke and $24 million toward his remaining $57 million.

Castellanos headlines Cubs’ Deadline moves

The Cubs get a lefty masher from the Tigers.

Ranking 32 prospects traded ahead of the Deadline

Joey Wentz, Kolby Allard, and Tristan Beck each make an appearance on this list, but are close enough to the bottom that fans should feel pretty good about all the trades made on Wednesday.