It was recently reported that the Atlanta Braves are expected to be on the hunt for relievers this summer. Atlanta's bullpen has been hit hard by injury, and as a result the Braves are expected to attempt to land at least one veteran reliever before next month's trade deadline, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Bowman adds that the Braves are one of many teams expected to show interest in Chicago Cubs closer Kevin Gregg.
The Braves have received solid production out of Jordan Walden -- who Atlanta acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Tommy Hanson -- and Luis Avilan in front of closer Craig Kimbrel, Bowman says the team would like to add an experienced pitcher who could lessen the strain placed on the 'pen.
Bowman throws out a connection between the Braves and Gregg. Atlanta's manager Fredi Gonzalez used Gregg as his closer when the duo were members of the Marlins in 2007 and '08.
Atlanta is left seeking bullpen assistance due to the fact that they've already lost a pair of late-inning relievers for the season due to injuries; Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters. Luis Ayala and Cristhian Martinez are also currently on the disabled list, but both are expected back before too long.
The Cubs are expected to be open for business this summer, as they have several players that are expected to be available beyond Gregg, including Matt Garza, Scott Feldman, David DeJesus, Nate Schierholtz and fellow reliever James Russell.
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