The Braves are linked to the athletic star duo in a potentially stunning deal at the deadline

The Atlanta Braves have certainly been bitten by injury this season.

Atlanta entered the 2024 season with massive expectations, but injuries hampered the club. The Braves are still one of four National League clubs with a record over .500, but they have some serious holes to fill this summer.

The Braves need help in the outfield and in the starting rotation, and Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller has put together a hypothetical trade proposal that could help solve both of those problems by acquiring Oakland Athletics All-Star shortstop Brent Rooker and Paul Blackburn.

“Thanks to season-ending injuries to Spencer Strider and Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta could use both a corner outfielder and a starting pitcher,” Miller said. “And while Oakland doesn’t have many trade chips to play with these days — other than Mason Miller, who isn’t going anywhere — they could check both boxes in the form of Brent Rooker and Paul Blackburn…

“Blackburn has one more year of arbitration eligibility left in 2025, while Rooker isn’t scheduled for free agency until after the 2027 campaign. Atlanta should provide a fairly significant amount of potential capital to grease the wheels here. But maybe Alex Anthopoulos can rob the A’s once again.”

The Braves certainly still have a chance to make a deep playoff run this season, but adding around the trade deadline seems like a must. Such a move could help in a major way and could be just what the club needs.

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