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07/20/11 9:00 PM ET

Braves browse trade market for bullpen depth

DENVER -- With Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel, the Braves can certainly argue the back end of their bullpen is the strongest in the Major Leagues. But to keep this talented bunch strong down the stretch, the Braves could definitely benefit from adding a right-handed reliever.

While the Braves will continue to evaluate San Diego's Mike Adams and a number of other right-handed relievers before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, this is also an acquisition they could make in August should any candidates clear waivers.

As Cory Gearrin and Scott Proctor extended their struggles during Tuesday night's 12-2 loss to the Rockies, it became more apparent that the Braves' bullpen lacks depth.

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While Scott Linebrink and left-handed specialist George Sherrill have shown great improvement since April, O'Flaherty and Venters are the setup men who manager Fredi Gonzalez turns to during tight games. Adding another reliable right-handed reliever could certainly limit the wear and tear on their arms.

The Braves are still hoping Peter Moylan (back surgery) can return during the final week of August. But given that there is no guarantee that he will be effective upon his return, there is growing reason to believe the Braves will attempt to add another reliever over the next couple of weeks.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.