The Braves were silent on the trade front this year, at least with regards to deals made on deadline day. The club opted to stand pat aside from the addition of Tommy Milone, which will hopefully stabilize at least spot in the rotation. There is absolutely no question that Atlanta would have benefited from the addition of at least one more veteran starter, but the possibility exists that Mike Foltynewicz, Sean Newcomb, Kyle Wright, etc. could step up. The result was certainly underwhelming after the club was featured prominently in Mike Clevinger rumors but, according to Alex Anthopoulos, the right deal never materialized.
Max Fried got the win despite subpar command, improving to 6-0 on the season and furthering his legitimate claim to the NL Cy Young Award. Austin Riley pitched in, driving in three runs on a bases loaded triple, and Adam Duvall hit a ball into orbit to hopefully break out of a small slump. Mark Melancon slammed the door and the Braves finally won a game that was covered by Doc Herbert. It took a while, but our resident medical professional is back on the good side.
As noted above, it was radio silence out of Atlanta on Monday.
“There were a lot of players moved,” Anthopoulos said. “But we had to ultimately decide: How good are these players? How much will they be an upgrade over what we already have?”
The Braves did not make an appearance on this list.
A surprisingly active deadline was entertaining for all involved.
The exit of Mike Clevinger opens the door for his reckless former teammate to rejoin the rotation in Cleveland.