July 08, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke (13) pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
UPDATE - Along with their search for rotation upgrades, the Braves are also seeking bullpen help, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports:
#Braves looking at bullpen upgrades, in addition to rotation, source says. (Jonny Venters on DL.)— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 17, 2012
11:30 AM EDT - Other teams are saying the Atlanta Braves are only looking for a "top-of-the-rotation" type of pitcher, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN:
Other teams say #Braves only looking for a "top-of-the-rotation guy." So be dubious of rumors linking them with Liriano, Vargas, etc.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 16, 2012
Despite these reports, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Atlanta would only be interested in Greinke if they had an extension in place closer to $15 million per year.
As far as available front-line starting pitchers go, the current list seems to include Greinke, Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, and Tampa Bay Rays right-hander James Shields, who recently became available according to reports.
Which front-line starter would best suit the Braves?