MLB Trade Rumors: Braves Linked To All-Star Starting Pitcher

Following Spencer Strider's unfortunate season-ending injury, the Atlanta Braves find themselves in dire need of pitching depth to bolster their rotation.

With their top ace sidelined, the Braves are exploring potential trade options, with the Oakland Athletics' starter Paul Blackburn potentially emerging as a prime target.

Blackburn's phenomenal start to the season, pitching 19.1 innings without conceding an earned run, has caught the attention of teams around the league.

His consistent performance and remaining arbitration eligibility make him an attractive proposition for Atlanta as they look to fortify their pitching staff for the remainder of the season and beyond.

This season, the 30-year-old holds a 0.00 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, with 11 strikeouts and three walks across 19.1 innings and three starts.

Despite the Athletics' reluctance to part ways with a valuable arm, Blackburn's potential fit in Atlanta's rotation and his perceived undervaluation due to his tenure with the struggling Athletics could pave the way for a trade, as also noted by Christopher Kline.

The Braves, built for contention but now facing pitching uncertainties, may find Blackburn's acquisition a strategic move to fortify their roster.

Since 2022, Blackburn has compiled a 3.99 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, with 204 strikeouts over 234.1 innings and 45 appearances. He was an All-Star in the 2022 season.

Acquiring Blackburn would provide the Braves with much-needed depth and stability in their rotation, alleviating the pressure on other starters like Max Fried and Charlie Morton.

While acquiring Blackburn may require parting with a couple of solid prospects, his potential impact in a winning environment could prove invaluable for Atlanta as they seek to contend in the challenging NL East. Photo Credit: Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports