The Atlanta Braves could make back-to-back trades for beloved outfielder Joc Pederson in July.
A lot can still happen before the end of the month, but the San Francisco GiantsRecent struggles could make them a surprise seller in the latter stages of July. After being a postseason hero at Atlanta, the Bay Area native signed a contract One-year deal worth $6 million to play for his home team. Hey, he may be an all-star, but could Joc get his game back in Atlanta?
Aside from Ronald Acuña Jr. tearing his cruciate ligament on the warning track in Miami, history could be repeating itself.
Atlanta Braves: What if Joc Pederson brings his pearls back to The ATL in July?
Despite playing incredible baseball for the Giants, Pederson has an expiring contract and is on the wrong side of 30. If San Francisco decides to be a seller at the close, Pederson could be on the move again. He’s been a big part of the last two World Series championship teams, so Pederson knows exactly what it takes to win in October, and win big.
While everyone knows Pederson would fit beautifully into the Atlanta clubhouse, the Braves don’t need an outfielder as badly as they did last year. Acuña is healthy. Rookie Michael Harris II was incredible. Eddie Rosario is finally back from his eye injury. And while Adam Duvall and Marcell Ozuna got hit or miss, they did enough to stay put.
Barring an unforeseen injury in the next few weeks, Atlanta isn’t in the desperate situation outfield it was a season ago. The good news, however, is that Braves County knows it has a general manager in Alex Anthopoulos who isn’t afraid to make a deal when the clock ticks. He’ll be active at the end of July because… he always is. So maybe Pederson could return?
Overall, the Braves have one of the most complete rosters in all of baseball. This team won the World Series last year and has won the NL East crown for each of the last four seasons. If Atlanta needs anything by deadline, it’d have to be an arm or two in the bullpen. They could use another midfielder if Ozzie Albies is sidelined a little longer than expected with his broken foot.
A lot can change in the next few weeks, but you’d better believe Atlanta is monitoring Pederson.
https://fansided.com/2022/07/10/braves-trade-deadline-target-joc-pederson/ History could repeat itself with this trade deadline target