Atlanta Braves rumors: Top 4 starting pitchers to trade for in 2024

The Atlanta Braves need a starting pitcher. Many are looking to free agency but here's why we think the Braves are more likely to make a move in the trade market to solidify the rotation.
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Corbin Burnes
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2024 Projected Salary: $15.1MM

Corbin Burnes
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Should the Atlanta Braves be able to come up with the right package of players and prospects, they could add an elite arm to the top of the rotation in Corbin Burnes. The Brewers are open to trading the majority of their roster, including their ace Corbin Burnes and shortstop Willy Adames.

Corbin Burnes won the 2021 NL Cy Young and has made three consecutive All-Star games. Over six seasons, his career ERA is a phenomenal 3.26. Brunes led the league in 2021 with a 2.43 ERA over 167.0 innings. He followed that up with a 2.94 ERA in 2022 over 202.0 innings pitched.

Last season, Burnes was stellar again with a 3.39 ERA over 193.2 innings. The Brewers are in full rebuild mode and could be a better deal than most might think. The Braves farm system is a lot thinner than it used to be but they have pieces like Bryce Elder, Vaughn Grissom, AJ Smith-Shawver, Dylan Dodd, and more that could help AA piece a deal together.