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Pitchers the Braves Can Sign to Replace Mike Soroka

By michael obermuller
Mike Soroka is done for the year after tearing his Achilles tendon last night against the New York Mets.
Mike Soroka is done for the year after tearing his Achilles tendon last night against the New York Mets. / Todd Kirkland/Getty Images
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The Atlanta Braves took a major hit to their World Series aspirations last night, 23-year-old ace Mike Soroka left the game with a torn Achilles tendon. Needless to say, he is done for the season.

The Braves will have to move quickly to replace the young superstar long-term. We have already seen Atlanta go out and sign Yasiel Puig after a few opt-outs early on. With Cole Hamels injured long-term and Felix Hernandez opting out as well, here are a few starters the Braves could sign to replenish their rotational depth.

3. Jason Vargas

If the veteran Jason Vargas is looking for a job, he could be a candidate for the Braves.
If the veteran Jason Vargas is looking for a job, he could be a candidate for the Braves. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The veteran is now 37 years old and whether or not he wants to pitch during this pandemic is unknown, but Jason Vargas has not officially retired. Out of the unsigned starting pitchers available, the journeyman had the highest WAR in 2019 (1.62), playing for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. His combined ERA was 4.51 last season, and although the soft-tosser has never been a huge strikeout guy, he could eat up some innings for Atlanta.

2. Danny Salazar

If healthy, Danny Salazar is one of the greatest pitching talents left on the market right now.
If healthy, Danny Salazar is one of the greatest pitching talents left on the market right now. / David Maxwell/Getty Images

The former Cleveland Indians pitcher, Danny Salazar, would be a high-risk/high reward candidate. The 2016 All-Star has only pitched in one game since 2017, a four-inning start last year in which he surrendered two earned runs. Salazar has not opted out, but the question is whether or not he would be game ready in a season in which time is of the essence.

1. Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz is the best option available for Atlanta in free agency.
Clay Buchholz is the best option available for Atlanta in free agency. / Mark Blinch/Getty Images

If Atlanta is looking for middle ground between Vargas and Salazar, Clay Buchholz could be the perfect depth pitcher for them. He had a rough 2019, but the year before Buchholz pitched 16 starts to a 2.01 ERA for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Now he is without a team. Atlanta could be the perfect landing spot for the 35-year old who won't have too many more chances to pitch for a playoff team.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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