The Atlanta Braves have been having an up-and-down journey throughout the 2021 MLB season. They currently have a 26-28 record through 54 games and trail the NL East-leading New York Mets by 4.0 games. Considering the Braves are 6.0 games back of the second Wild Card spot, winning the division is their best bet to making the playoffs.
That means they may need to start making some deals to improve their roster ahead of the July 30 MLB Trade Deadline.
One way that the Braves can improve is by adding more left-handed batters. With there being a few different options out there, here are three left-handed hitters that the Braves need to trade for ahead of next month's deadline.
Atlanta Braves Trade Rumors
1. Adam Frazier, 2B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates will likely miss the postseason, which means they could be in full fire sale mode ahead of the deadline. That means that the Braves should call about lefty second baseman Adam Frazier. He's currently leading the MLB in doubles (19) while slashing .335/.396/.481, so he could definitely boost the Braves' lineup. Frazier is also eligible for arbitration this offseason, which could sweeten the pot even more for Atlanta.
2. David Peralta, LF, Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are another team that'll likely be selling at the deadline. If that's the case, left fielder David Peralta would be a great addition for Atlanta. The 2018 Silver Slugger has 5 triples and 30 RBI on the season with a .253 batting average. It's far from the statistics in his prime, but Peralta would still help out the Braves on the bench or in the outfield. After all, the team's current leftfielder, Marcell Ozuna, is currently battling injuries and a troubling off-field issue. Trading for Peralta would certainly help round out the lineup.
3. Joey Gallo, OF/IF, Texas Rangers
Joey Gallo is one name that is being thrown around who could be on the move by the deadline. Much like Frazier, Gallo can play both in the outfield and infield. When it comes to hitting, he's been having a down year at the plate (slashing .208/.358/.383), however, he does still have 9 home runs and 25 RBI on the year. Even as a bench bat, Gallo could provide some support whenever there's a tough righty matchup going forward.
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