Braves Linked To Two-Time Gold Glove Award Winner To Help Depleted Outfield

The Atlanta Braves are among the select few National League teams flaunting a record above .500. However, their recent run of bad luck has been spectacularly unfortunate. Losing superstar outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. for the season has sent them scrambling back to the drawing board. Despite their abundant firepower, they’re likely hunting for a trade deadline upgrade to bolster their outfield this summer.

Jim Bowden from The Athletic has analyzed the contenders, crafting a list of potential trade options to address each club’s critical needs. He pinpointed the Braves’ outfield as a key area for enhancement, linking them to Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ.

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“Position targets: fourth outfielder, possibly a starting pitcher,” Bowden noted. “OF: Tommy Pham, Eddie Rosario, Gavin Sheets, Jake McCarthy, Ian Happ, Heston Kjerstad, Jesús Sánchez, Jake Fraley, Michael Conforto, Randy Arozarena, Wenceel Pérez, and Mike Yastrzemski…

“Yes, the Braves lost reigning NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. and preseason NL Cy Young favorite Spencer Strider to season-ending injuries. But that won’t derail their Wild Card playoff ambitions. They need to boost their corner outfield depth and maybe add a back-of-the-rotation starter, depending on how their young pitchers perform over the next seven weeks.”

Ian Happ could be a tantalizing acquisition for the Braves. With one All-Star appearance and two Gold Glove Awards to his name, he brings proven talent. So far this season, he has hit six home runs and driven in 30 runs.