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A trade between the Braves and the Tigers in which top target Tyler Anderson does not move

The Atlanta Braves have struggled to find a solution for the fifth spot in their rotation this season. Since losing Spencer Strider to elbow surgery, they have tried to fill that spot with young players and other internal options. That hasn’t worked out well, and leads to a clearer assumption that Atlanta will explore the transfer market to fill the spot.

For a while, Angels starter Tyler Anderson was considered a possible option to fill that void, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Angels will likely keep Anderson this season.

“But unless they receive overwhelming offers, the Angels will likely hold on to starters Tyler Anderson (who allowed 3 hits in 8 shutout innings against the Cubs on Saturday) and Griffin Canning, as well as outfielder Taylor Ward, who are under the team’s control at least through 2025.”

So Atlanta will have to look elsewhere to fill the gap in the fifth starting spot, and Tigers starter Jack Flaherty would fill that void perfectly.

Flaherty, 28, has been dominant this season, posting career highs in FIP and K/9. He has flashed serious ace potential while starring alongside AL Cy Young favorite Tarik Skubal at the top of the Tigers’ rotation. Flaherty’s contract is expiring, and he’s the perfect trade candidate for most contending teams in the league.

Given the dominance the right-hander has shown this year, a package that includes Flaherty would require some promising young players to complete the deal.

This hypothetical trade would send the Braves’ 10th, 14th and 18th ranked rookie players to Detroit in exchange for their 28-year-old starter.

Hackenberg, 22, has excelled in his professional career, but the Braves have a loaded, if injury-ridden, farm system of pitchers. To sign a starter like Flaherty, Atlanta would have to sign one of their top pitching prospects. Most of their top players are either in the major leagues or undergoing Tommy John surgery (the most recent victim is Cade Kuehler).

Vines is stuck in a deadlock in Atlanta, making him their most expendable player at the deadline. The Braves will use their organization’s top three young players before drafting him, and will also use the transfer market before Vines gets another chance in the big leagues. Moving him in this deal is a no-brainer for Atlanta.

They complete the deal for talented infielder Sabin Ceballos. Ceballos is the kind of young, promising prospect the Tigers would look for in their rebuild. He’s swinging well this year and showing a bit of power along the way.

The Braves need some reinforcements at the deadline. The holes in their roster created by injuries to their superstars need to be filled. A deal for Flaherty would close one of the biggest holes in their roster.