Monday, April 14, 2008
With Tom Glavine possibly heading to the DL for the first time in his career and the fifth starter spot open, the Braves are short on pitching. Tim Hudson and John Smoltz have stepped up, but that really is not a surprise. Jair Jurrjens is off to a good start for a fourth starter, but he cannot make a significant impact on the rotation to justify giving the spot to Jeff Bennett or Jo-Jo Reyes.
If they are looking on the market for a pitcher, there are several potential number five starters. Horacio Ramirez, Jeff Weaver, David Wells, to name a few. However, they have not been the most effective pitchers and they are probably better off sacrificing a low level prospect for someone like Dave Bush, who was recently pushed into the bullpen. Bush would make for a solid number five starter and would not cost much for them to bring him in. Other options include Robinson Tejada, Vicente Padilla, Matt Belisle, or maybe Matt Morris, but it looks like he might be traded to New York or Detroit by the trade deadline.