Braves appear to be in market for starting pitcher

Braves appear to be in market for starting pitcher

ATLANTA -- With the Trade Deadline four weeks from today, rumors are starting to fly across baseball. For the Braves, who were five games behind the Nationals in the National League East and 1 1/2 games behind the Mets for the second Wild Card spot heading into Tuesday's games, the rumors have mostly focused on acquiring a starting pitcher.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he and the rest of the Braves look forward to hearing about their potential acquisitions.

"They know that the rumors that usually get talked about are good players, and they improve the club," Gonzalez said. "There's not one guy there that doesn't want to go to the postseason. Those buzzes are always good."

Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke is considered to be the Braves' top target on the trade market. The Braves had a scout at his start Monday night and will again be in attendance when he pitches Saturday. They have also been connected to Cubs right-handers Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza, as well as Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez.