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The Atlanta Braves may be in search of an offensive spark, but they appear to be close to landing an impact piece for their rotation.
With a potential trade for Ryan Dempster seemingly in the works, Tim Hudson looks to continue his dominance of the Miami Marlins and help the Braves snap a three-game skid Tuesday night.
Atlanta (52-44) has totaled four runs and batted .181 during its losing streak. That has dropped the Braves 4 12 games back of first-place Washington in the East after they were as close as 1 12 following a 4-0 win over the Nationals to open Saturday's doubleheader.
Their offensive struggles continued in Monday's series opener as they were held to four hits in a 2-1 loss.
Although they've struggled lately to score, the Braves still are among the NL leaders in runs and the addition of Dempster from the Chicago Cubs would help fortify a staff that ranks ninth in the league in ERA.
Dempster, whose 2.11 ERA leads the majors, has to approve the trade, according to the Braves' official website. However, the Cubs are denying that a deal is in place.
"I know what you guys know, basically the same thing, maybe a little bit more. I'm not going to lie to you about that," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told the team's official website. "But that's all I know right now. We're in a holding pattern."
In the meantime, Hudson (8-4, 3.70 ERA) will try to win a fourth straight start against the Marlins. He's 3-0 with a 1.16 ERA in those three outings, pitching a five-hitter in an 11-0 victory in Miami on June 5. The right-hander is 8-1 with a 2.42 ERA in 12 lifetime starts there.
The five-hitter was the second of four straight road wins for Hudson, who's compiled a 0.63 ERA during that span.
First baseman Freddie Freeman is 3 for 16 in the past four games after hitting .429 in 11 contests prior to that stretch. He has a .188 average in 15 road matchups against the Marlins.
Miami (45-51) ended a five-game slide Monday, but may already be looking toward next season after dealing second baseman Omar Infante and right-hander Anibal Sanchez to Detroit on Monday in exchange for 21-year-old righty Jacob Turner and a pair of minor leaguers.
"We lost a couple of guys that we thought we had all the way until the end, but unfortunately we're not playing good enough to keep those guys," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Guillen is expected to turn to Mark Buehrle (9-9, 3.29), who lost for the first time in five starts Thursday. The left-hander was tagged for four runs and six hits in five innings of a 4-2 loss at Chicago. He had a 0.94 ERA while winning his previous four starts.
"It seemed like I had nothing working," Buehrle said. "Changeup, couldn't throw that for a strike. I think I threw one good one the whole day."
Buehrle has split two starts this year against the Braves, allowing two runs and three hits over six innings of an 8-2 home loss on June 7.
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David O'Brien started it all with a tweet saying that the Braves were close to finalizing a deal for a starting pitcher and then Jon Heyman, Jerry Crasnick and Jason Stark said it was Ryan Dempster.
Here's a top 20 Braves prospect list to start speculating upon. I'm hoping Cubs can get one of Randall Delgado or Mike Minor and another decent arm.
The Braves aren't waiting around for Cubs RHP Ryan Dempster
Atlanta Braves General Manager, Frank Wren, told a local sports talk radio station this morning that his team has “moved on” from the Ryan Dempster deal. In an interview on 680 The Fan in Atlanta, Wren said the parameters for the deal “expired yesterday”.
Chicago Cubs ace Ryan Dempster was believed to be near...
According to Jon Heyman, the Braves and Ryan Dempster trade is 50/50.
The Ryan Dempster-Braves trade is now said to be "50-50,'' according to one person familiar with the talks.
The deal, as proposed, was going to send top Braves pitching prospect Randall Delgado to the Cubs.
"It could happen, or it could blow up,'' another person said.
Not really sure what to think about the news at this point, but Dempster doesn't know about any trade.
THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from!
— Dempster Foundation (@RyanDempsterFDN) July 23, 2012
Look almost anywhere sports-related online that the Atlanta Braves have acquired Cubs RHP Ryan Dempster in a trade. In fact, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that the deal is done:
Ryan Dempster, on the other hand. Says that there is no trade and he "does not know where it's coming from":
The Braves and the Cubs may have agreed what players they...
Ryan Dempster has reportedly been dealt to the Atlanta Braves in a move by the Braves to make the postseason. The veteran right hander has been seen as the premier “rental” type pitcher available on this years market and the Braves have been in search of a veteran pitcher to bring stability to the rotation. Ryan Dempster, ever undervalued, has been extremely good this year...
The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs are on the verge of a trade that would send starting pitcher, Ryan Dempster, to the Braves. Mark Bowman of MLB.com is stating on Twitter that Randall Delgado could be moved from Atlanta to Chicago in the deal, but that is yet to be determined. Confirmed Ryan Dempster is [...]
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Apparently, this whole idea of the Cubs trading pitchers Ryan Dempster and/or Matt Garza isn't going to be as easy as some people might have thought. Both pitchers started this weekend in St. Louis, with mixed results. The more serious situation is with Garza, who left Saturday night's start after three innings with right-triceps cramping. X-rays proved negative, and Garza...
Reports on Monday said that Ryan Dempster was going to be traded to the Braves, but as Dempster wrote on his Twitter account, that was incorrect. The deal, which would have sent Dempster to Atlanta for Randall Delgado, is on hold because Dempster has the power to block it.
Dempster is a “10/5″ player, which means he’s been in the majors for 10 years and has spent the last...
The Braves appear to have agreed in principle on a deal that would bring MLB ERA leader Ryan Dempster to Atlanta for a playoff run. In exchange, the Braves would likely send Randall Delgado to the Cubs.
Dempster, 35, is a free agent after the season and will likely hope for one last 3-year deal at the season’s conclusion. He recently had a streak of over 30 consecutive scoreless...
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MIAMI (AP) -- Tim Hudson pitched seven innings, Jason Heyward drove in two runs, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday night.
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After issuing the...