Washington – Ten days from the trade deadline, the Braves are still pursuing starting pitching help and remain in the mix for Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster. They are keeping an eye on Brewers ace Zack Grienke as well, though a potential trade there could take longer to develop.
Greinke skipped a turn to “recharge his batteries” and won’t pitch again until Tuesday against the Phillies. Also, he is reportedly mulling the offer of a $100 million contract extension from the Brewers, who would prefer to resign him rather than trade him.
The Braves are one of maybe a dozen teams in pursuit of the same thing – starting pitching. That’s one reason why the Braves recently put feelers out for Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, who makes his home in Sharpsburg, Ga., even though the Red Sox don’t appear prepared to trade him.
“Pitching is at a premium,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said Saturday. “It’s hard to get pitching and there are limited guys. There are a lot of guys bandied around out there, but they’re not even really available because teams haven’t determined if they’re in or out. In some cases they haven’t determined whether they can sign them or they can’t. So many variables make it a really tough market.”