Braves Rumors: Atlanta targeting reliever Andrew Miller via trade?

In today's Braves rumors and news update, several reports are indicating that the Atlanta Braves could be players for Boston Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline.

Per Conor Duffy of FanSided, such a move could be a huge pickup for the Atlanta Braves going forward in a tight NL East playoff race:

Miller is having a career year and his third consecutive good year since transitioning to the bullpen, posting a sparkling 2.23 ERA in 43 games (36.1 innings pitched) to go with a career-high 14.4 K/9 and career-low 3.0 BB/9. With the Red Sox out of contention, it makes sense to explore trades for expendable pieces such as relief pitchers, particularly guys like Miller considering that he is in his contract year.

Having that kind of efficiency near the back of the Braves' bullpen could be the difference between a Wild Card berth and an NL East title. However, Miller's price is slowly being driven up as contenders realize how desperate they are for relief help - meaning that the Braves might have to engage in a bidding war if Boston puts Miller on the open market.


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