Report: Braves among many teams after Robbie Ray

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As the trade deadline approaches, the reality of an ace coming to Atlanta does not look likely. However, the Braves do remain active in the market for a starting pitcher. Jon Heyman reported earlier today; they have contacted the Reds regarding Tanner Roark. He has a 6-6 record with a 3.95 ERA and has plenty of NL East experience from his six years with the Nats. Now, Bob Nightengale confirms the Braves have also joined the race for Robbie Ray of the Diamondbacks.

Ray is a southpaw that is 9-7 with a 3.91 ERA this season. Neither he or Roark is the sexiest candidate, but Ray’s numbers against the Dodgers should be more than intriguing to the Braves.

The National League will run through Los Angeles in October, and Ray has a career 2.93 ERA in 18 starts versus the Boys in Blue. Given the Dodgers lefty-heavy lineup, adding a southpaw with tons of experience against them would fit nicely in a potential playoff series.

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