3 Bullpen Arms Braves Must Trade for Following Kenley Jansen Injury

Devon Platana
Three bullpen arms that the Atlanta Braves must trade for following Kenley Jansen's injury.
Three bullpen arms that the Atlanta Braves must trade for following Kenley Jansen's injury. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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The Atlanta Braves have been one of the MLB's best teams in June, but have just received news that could affect their moment. On Tuesday, the Braves placed closing pitcher Kenley Jansen on the 15-day injured list due to an irregular heartbeat.

Jansen has missed time before due to his heart issue before, but it's not expected to be anything serious. Even though he's expected to be back this season, it wouldn't hurt general manager Alex Anthopoulos to find an extra reliever on the trade market in the meantime.

Here are three bullpen arms that the Braves must trade for following Jansen's injury.

Braves Trade Rumors

1. Carl Edwards Jr., Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals will likely be sellers ahead of the trade deadline, so the Braves should give them a call about Carl Edwards Jr. He's been one of his club's bright spots in the bullpen, going 2-1 in 23 appearances with a 2.33 ERA and 0.815 WHIP — both the best full-time marks of his career. Edwards might not be a closer, but he's no stranger to pitching late in a game. A total of 175 of his 213.1 career innings have come from the seventh inning or later, where he's held batters to a .176 batting average. Given that he'll be a free agent at the end of the year, the Braves wouldn't have to spend too much to bring him in.

2. Daniel Bard, Colorado Rockies

Daniel Bard is someone who might be flying under the radar due to his playing for the lowly Colorado Rockies. The 37-year-old closer could be what the Braves need, having racked up 15 saves and a 1.88 ERA through 27 appearances. What's even more impressive is that Bard is only five saves away from his career-high (20) that he set last year in 40 fewer games. The veteran hurler is also a free agent at the end of the year, likely wanting to explore his options and the Rockies would like to get something back for him instead of losing nothing. The Braves shouldn't have any issues giving the Rockies what they want, making Bard a player that they must target.

3. Mychal Givens, Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs reliever Mychal Givens is another player Atlanta must target. The former second-round pick has been solid this season, going 4-0 in 28 relief appearances with a 3.81 ERA while striking out 11.8 batters per nine innings. Givens also has some history closing out games, picking up 30 saves over his eight-year MLB career. The upcoming free agent is the type of proven arm that the Braves need. Besides, their bullpen will be that much stronger with him in it once Jansen makes his return.

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