MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 25: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning on June 25, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Braves signed Ben Sheets to a minor league deal yesterday, but they are still being tied to starting pitchers, including Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke and Minnesota Twins southpaw Francisco Liriano.
The Braves could look to target Greinke if the 2009 Cy Young Award winner agrees to an extension closer to $15 million per year than $20 million, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Phil Mackey of ESPN Radio is also reporting that the Braves were among the teams scouting Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano.
The Braves have been tied to starting pitching since MLB ERA-leader Brandon Beachy went down with what appears to be a season-ending injury. Atlanta recently signed Sheets, and it appears that the 33-year-old will join the Braves’ rotation by mid-July, reports Carroll Rodgers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
After the club announced their deal with Sheets, they said they would still "explore trading for a proven starter at the trade deadline." Greinke would certainly qualify, and while he’s been inconsistent, Liriano has been improved of late.
Should the Braves pursue another proven starter?