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MLB Trade Rumors: Braves Stand Pat On Tuesday, August Trade Possible

The Braves saw Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline come and go without announcing any more deals, so it appears they are happy with where the roster stands now. The club added two valuable pieces in Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm, sending Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman to the Cubs on Monday night.

Some believed Atlanta could add a right-handed reliever prior to the deadline, but the price just wasn't right. Due to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, it's tougher for teams to trade for relief pitchers with no draft pick compensation in return.

Ryan Dempster, who the Braves had a deal in place for last week, ended up going to the Texas Rangers for two prospects. Matt Garza, Josh Johnson and James Shields all stayed with their respective teams.

As for what else could be coming, the Braves always have the option of trying to swing a deal in August. Any trade would have to go through waivers, but an expensive or veteran player can usually get by. You will recall Derrek Lee was acquired in mid-August back in 2010 to help with the playoff push.

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