According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Braves have no plans to wave the white flag before the trade deadline.
The Braves were a buyer when they acquired Joc Pederson and in a tight NL East they will continue to buy. Only question is how aggressive to be. So no, Charlie Morton will not hit the market. Braves are 4 games back even without Acuna, Ozuna, Soroka. So understandable stance.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 28, 2021
With New York not exactly running away with first place, the Braves are still within striking distance. Atlanta has the opportunity to cut down New York’s four-game division lead this week with two more games against the Mets. After a bit of a slow start, Charlie Morton has trimmed his ERA down to 3.72, mostly thanks to a very strong June in which he only allowed a .163 batting average and .459 OPS to opposing hitters. Morton has been a horse for the Braves, and even if he’s on an expiring contract, they’re going to need him if they want to push for another division title.