Braves are buyers at MLB trade deadline in bid for another NL East title

AP file photo by John Amis / Adam Duvall, who played the past three seasons for the Atlanta Braves, is back with the team after being traded Friday by the Miami Marlins. Atlanta made four trades Friday, adding Duvall, Eddie Rosario from the Cleveland Indians and Jorge Soler from the Kansas City Royals to boost their outfield and also acquiring reliever Richard Rodriguez from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves' flurry of moves Friday at Major League Baseball's trade deadline showed they haven't given up on the pursuit of a fourth straight division championship.

It also highlighted how fortunate they are to be in the National League East, where any team close to .500 is still relevant.

Though the Braves entered Friday with a 51-52 record, they were only four games behind the first-place New York Mets. Emboldened by the standings, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos acquired outfielders Adam Duvall, Eddie Rosario and Jorge Soler, plus relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez - notable moves for a team that has yet to have a winning record in 2021.

"There's no doubt we've had our challenges," Anthopoulos said. "The one thing that's fortunate for us is we're playing in the NL East in 2021.