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Braves Scouting Garland?

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According to Mark Gonzales of chicagosports.com, the Braves were one of two teams (Astros) scouting Tuesday's Devil Rays-White Sox game. The Braves reportedly have interest in Chicago's Mark Buehrle but the odd thing is, he wasn't starting yesterday. With Buehrle reportedly very close to signing an extension to stay in Chicago, John Schuerholz may be turning his attention to 27-year old right-hander Jon Garland. Garland was thought to be the only Sox starter not on the trade block but if Buehrle does re-sign that could make Garland available. Garland is 5-5 with a 3.36 ERA so far this year but has survived on luck. Even as a groundball pitcher, his BABIP is extremely low and his hit rate is unsustainable.† A move to the NL would help him and he could settle in as a solid middle of the rotation innings eater, which is exactly what the Braves need behind Smoltz and Hudson. What would it take to get Garland though? He isn't enough to pry away Saltalamacchia, but with Tadahito Iguchi and Juan Uribe both becoming free agents at the end of the season, the Braves match up well. Yunel Escobar and Martin Prado could become part of a deal for the 6'6" righty. Garland is due $12 million next season so the only way I could see this happening is if insurance helps cover a portion of Hampton's salary or Schuerholz decides not to even pursue a contract extension with Andruw Jones.

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