With the Trade Deadline less than a week away, there’s been plenty of speculation surrounding what the Braves may do as far as selling off some of their higher sought-after pieces. Let’s take a look at who’s staying and more importantly, who could be on the way out…
Julio Teheran: Ok, let’s get this one out of the way right off the bat. Teheran isn’t going to be traded. Braves GM John Coppolella told me as much last week when we sat down to chat in Cincinnati. “We aren’t going to trade Julio” he said with a smile on his face. The Braves want to continue to build the young rotation with Teheran as the centerpiece, thus the reason they won’t be making any big blockbusters involving the 25 year old righty.
Lucas Harrell: Contenders often seek veteran starters to add to the rotation and Harrell has been reportedly on a few teams’ radar. After two really impressive outings, Harrell struggled in his most recent two. But, he wouldn’t cost much so he’d potentially be a fit for a contender. I’d say there’s a 50-50 shot Harrell remains with the Braves after August 2.
Jim Johnson: Around this time last year, the veteran right hander was traded to the Dodgers as part of the big trade that brought Hector Olivera to Atlanta. Johnson struggled in LA and wasn’t a part of their Postseason roster. But, when healthy this season, Johnson has proven to be a reliable arm the Braves can use in late game situations. With so many young arms in the Braves pen, the organization wants to see what they have for the future (Cabrera, Vizcaino, Withrow, Alvarez, etc) I’d say there’s about an 80% chance Johnson is traded prior to the Deadline.
Gordon Beckham: The Atlanta native Beckham signed a one-year deal this offseason, but has been a bit of a disappointment. Battling a pair of hamstring injuries, Beckham’s never really been able to get his season back on track. With Swanson and Albies lurking in the Minors and possibly getting a shot at some point in the final two months, playing time would be all but non-existent for Beckham. There’s probably not a ton of value there, so I’ll put it at 70% Beckham ends up with another club.
Nick Markakis: With two years left on his deal, Markakis has been on the Royals radar for the majority of the season. Over the last month, Markakis’ bat is heating up as he’s hitting .311 over his last 31 games played. The return wouldn’t likely be all that significant, but moving Markakis would free up $22 million over the next two years. With all that said, I’ll set the number at 25% chance Markakis is elsewhere on August 2.
Freddie Freeman: Just kidding…there’s no chance. None, zero, zilch. Freeman is and will be a Brave for a long, long time!
-Kevin McAlpin covers the Braves for the @BravesRadioNet. Follow Kevin on Twitter @KevinMcAlpin