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Report: Braves receiving trade interest in starting pitcher Lucas Harrell

Harrell makes his third start for the Braves on Friday night.

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There must not be much available on the trading market this summer in terms of pitching, as already evidenced by Atlanta receiving multiple prospects in a trade for Bud Norris on June 30.

One of the guys that has picked up the slack in the rotation since that deal has been Lucas Harrell, who was signed by the Braves on May 20 and called up to the club on July 2 to make his first major league start since 2014.

Harrell has pitched 13.2 innings over two starts, giving up a single run in each start, and now has teams showing trade interest, as Robert Murray of Today's Knuckleball reports.

Harrell pitched full seasons in the big leagues in 2012 and 2013 with the Houston Astros. In 2012, he posted a record of 11-11 with a 3.76 ERA. However, the next season, he led the league with 17 losses while posting a 5.76 ERA and has not been an effective major league pitcher since.

He spent last season in Korea, and went 10-11 with a 4.93 ERA in 33 games (30 starts). After he was picked up by the Tigers for spring training, he was let go on May 16 and signed by Atlanta four days later.

Friday night's start against the Rockies will be Harrell's most important yet, if the Braves are to procure anything of worth in a trade for the journeyman.

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