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GM says Braves 'willing to pay' for pitching help

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 26, 2013 at 10:20 pm •  Published: July 26, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) — Braves general manager Frank Wren said Friday the "tightest market I've ever seen" could make it difficult for the team to trade for a starting pitcher to replace Tim Hudson.

Wren said the Braves have sufficient depth to withstand the loss of Hudson without a trade, but he also says he's willing to pay for a pitcher who could help them win the World Series.

Hudson's wife, Kim, said on her Twitter account that her husband's season-ending surgery on his broken right ankle went well Friday.

The Braves said the procedure performed by Braves physician Dr. Marvin Royster repaired a fractured fibula and the deltoid ligament in Hudson's right ankle. The team said Hudson should begin baseball activities in about four months.

Hudson was injured Wednesday night when the Mets' Eric Young Jr. inadvertently stepped on the back of the pitcher's lower right leg at first base.

Asked how Hudson's injury affects his search for help before Wednesday's trade deadline, Wren said "I don't know if it will change anything."

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Brandon Beachy, recovering from right elbow ligament-replacement surgery in June 2012, will take Hudson's rotation spot Monday night against Colorado.

Paul Maholm, who left his start at the White Sox on July 20 with a bruised left wrist, may miss only one more start.

"We'll get him back and things will start to normalize a little bit," said Wren of Maholm. "Then we'll see over the next five days what's available in the trade market and does it really improve us and is that the direction we should go, whether starting pitching or bullpen help."

Wren confirmed that Braves special assistant to the general manager Jim Fregosi was in Chicago when Jake Peavy, often mentioned in trade speculation, started for the White Sox on Thursday. Wren said Fregosi's scouting trip "had been planned for weeks and weeks."

"He was going to be seeing that White Sox series because they had pitchers available that fit what we're looking for," Wren said. "So you can't read too much into where our scouts are."

The Braves also have been linked with Houston's Bud Norris and Kansas City's Ervin Santana. Wren said the trade options are slim.

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