Jake Peavy could be on the trading block as the Braves are reportedly interested. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Braves are interested in two pitchers who could soon hit the trading block, according to MLB.com.
The team has their eye on Chicago White Sox hurler Jake Peavy and Kansas City's Ervin Santana.
Braves starter Tim Hudson was lost to a season-ending ankle injury on Wednesday night, and the team has been looking for pitching help on the trade market. The Braves have a comfortable eight-game lead in the National League East entering this weekend's action.
Peavy is owed $4.8 million for the rest of the season, is also owed $14.5 million next season and has a $15 million vesting player option for 2015. Santana, a nine-year veteran who will be a free agent at the end of the season, is 6-6 with a 3.06 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 2013.
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While enhancing the bullpen’s depth, preferably with a left-handed reliever, still appears to be the priority, the club is now looking at the possibility of acquiring a front-line starting pitcher to fill Hudson’s void.
Braves general manager Frank Wren and his scouts will spend the next few days evaluating the small group of available starting pitchers who could legitimately upgrade the rotation.