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article imageAtlanta Braves Rumors: Jeff Samardzija still a trade option?

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By Larry Seely     Jan 20, 2014 in Sports
Atlanta - The Atlanta Braves have been very quiet this winter, despite a need for another front line starting pitcher, but with the start of spring training just around the corner, a possible trade could add the player they need to compete in the National League.
One player rumored on the move since the end of last season is 28-year-old Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija and with the salary restrictions the Braves have in place, making a deal to acquire the hard throwing right hander makes sense.
David O'Brien reported last month that the organization was looking at making a deal before the start of the 2014 MLB season and with no chance of signing a big name free agent, this franchise could use some of its young prospects to add the pitching help they need.
Atlanta has used its farm system to become one of the most consistent teams in baseball, but unless they want to throw away the upcoming baseball season by giving their young pitchers some experience, look for the front office to make a trade in the coming weeks, giving the Braves their best chance to repeat as NL East Champions and possibly a shot at wining a World Series title.
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