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Ervin Santana, Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, Brandon McCarthy
Despite injuries to a number of their starters, the Braves were able to keep it together on the starting pitching front, and they finished an impressive fifth in the MLB with a 3.42 starter's ERA.
Alex Wood and Julio Teheran give them a good young one-two punch atop the rotation, and Mike Minor pitched better in the second half after some early-season struggles, but the rest of the staff is a question mark.
Veterans Aaron Harang and Ervin Santana are set to become free agents, and it's hard to count on anything from Kris Medlen or Brandon Beachy as they both make their way back from second Tommy John surgeries, so adding another veteran arm to the mix seems like a must.
The team has shown interest in Jake Peavy in the past, as it pushed hard to acquire the right-hander from the San Diego Padres prior to the 2009 season, and the Braves were in the mix once again at the deadline this season, according to The Boston Globe.
The Alabama native could be swayed to come to Atlanta by the idea of being closer to home, and his fiery personality could give the Braves an edge they've been lacking the past few seasons.
If they don't make a run at Peavy, re-signing Santana may be their best move. Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez and Brandon McCarthy also represent decent middle-of-the-rotation veteran options.
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Talking Chop answers your burning questions - One of the questions: Who's better over the next 10 years? Alex Wood or Julio Teheran?
If you missed it yesterday, we had ourselves a Q&A session over on Twitter. If you've arrived here via facebook and don't have a twitter, now's your chance to catch up on what you missed. However, if you have a twitter and you still missed it, shame on you. Everybody knows that the cool thing to do is completely ignore all of your responsibilities so you can enjoy everything that Twitter has to offer. Shame. On. You.
But, in all seriousness, our very own Ian decided to take control of Talking Chop's twitter account and he answered plenty of your questions. Most of them were pretty serious, like these:
Bethancourt isn't ready. RT "@tvwizard85 As a big fan of Gattis, is there anyone that can offer reasons to keep him rather than trade him?"— Talking Chop (@TalkingChop) October 13, 2014
I think they'll make a push, but it takes two to tango. RT "@ctimothyray Does Jason Heyward get locked up long-term now that Wren is gone?"— Talking Chop (@TalkingChop) October 13, 2014
I think he'll compete for a job in Spring Training but start in AAA. Maybe mid-2015? RT "@PhillipCWDE how close is Peraza?"— Talking Chop (@TalkingChop) October 13, 2014
Some, not so serious:
How many pounds of trout? Rainbow or Lake? RT "@ChopAttack do you think the Angels would trade Trout for BJ Upton?"— Talking Chop (@TalkingChop) October 13, 2014
You're associated with the Braves, so it's likely. RT "@inthecalzone my left elbow hurts. Odds I need Tommy John?"— Talking Chop (@TalkingChop) October 13, 2014
In a mansion covered in millions of dollars' worth of paper money that once belonged to the Braves. RT "@GrungeBrave Where is Dan Uggla?"— Talking Chop (@TalkingChop) October 13, 2014
However, this was probably the most beautiful part of the entire session, and it came near the end:
Hey, that's not a question! Wait... RT "@davwms I couldn't disagree with you more with just about everything you've speculated about today."— Talking Chop (@TalkingChop) October 13, 2014
Different opinions make the world go 'round, man. Nobody likes a hivemind (or at least I don't)! Anyways, make sure you stay tuned to our Twitter account just in case we decide to have another Q&A session. But for now, if you missed it, you can catch the entire Q&A over on Storify.
Predicting All 30 MLB Teams' Top Priority Target This Offseason - With GM Frank Wren fired and a new front office regime set to take over, there could be some significant changes coming for the Braves this offseason.
Dumping B.J. Upton and trading Evan Gattis to open up a spot for top prospect Christian Bethancourt seem like very real possibilities, but as far as targets the team is expected to pursue, starting pitching would seem to top the list.
Alex Wood and Julio Teheran give them a good, young one-two punch atop the rotation, and Mike Minor pitched better in the second half after some early-season struggles, but the rest of the staff is a question mark.
Veterans Aaron Harang and Ervin Santana are set to become free agents, and it's hard to count on anything from Kris Medlen or Brandon Beachy as they make their both make their way back from second Tommy John surgeries.
Re-signing Santana is one option, but the team could also look to the available free-agent market to add a veteran presence to its rotation, and Jake Peavy is someone it has shown interest in before.
The Braves pushed hard to acquire the right-hander from the Padres prior to the 2009 season, and they were in the mix once again at the deadline this season, according to The Boston Globe.
Peavy eventually landed with the Giants, and he was terrific after returning to the NL, going 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA in 12 starts following the trade.
The Alabama native could like the idea of moving closer to home, and he would provide the Braves' young staff with a fiery veteran leader.