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Chris Resop has plenty of reason to believe he'll join a Major League roster within the next week. The Braves now have to decide whether it will be theirs or one of the many Major League clubs that need to improve their pitching staff.

The one-hit shutout that Resop completed for Triple-A Gwinnett in Norfolk last night will likely spark enhance his position on the trade market. But despite the fact that he has spent the past three months dominating the International League, other clubs have shown just mild interest in trading for this 28-year-old right-hander, who has been rejuvenated since becoming a starter.

Sources have indicated that there wasn't a single scout from a Major League organization in Norfolk last night to watch Resop complete this masterpiece. In fact the one scout that was present was representing a club from the Korean Baseball League.

With this in mind, there's further reason to believe Resop could be in uniform at Turner Field on Tuesday when the Braves begin a three-game series against the Rays.

If the Braves don't add Resop to their Major League roster by Tuesday, then he is contractually obligated to demand a trade or request to be a free agent. The latter option certainly won't come into play.

Without gaining some return, the Braves certainly aren't going to simply waive goodbye to a guy who has posted a 1.84 ERA and compiled an IL-best 81 strikeouts in the 73 1/3 innings he has completed for Triple-A Gwinnett this year.

It's understanding that clubs are skeptical about a 28-year-old pitcher who has posted a 5.61 ERA in 57 career Major League appearances (all as a reliever). But at the same time, they have to recognize that his move into the rotation this year has led him to become more of a pitcher than a thrower.

No longer trying to blow his four-seamer past opponents, Resop has baffled opponents with a heavy dose of two-seam sinkers and a curveball that is certainly much better than it was when he last appeared in the Majors with the Braves during the 2008 season.

If the Braves are unable to trade Resop, they will likely add him to their bullpen on Tuesday. This would seemingly provide them a chance to send Jesse Chavez to Gwinnett to work on his secondary pitches, namely the curveball that he's trying to develop.

Or the Braves could opt to send Craig Kimbrel back to Gwinnett to get the regular work he needs to aid his development.

Whatever the case, Resop will likely be in a Major League uniform at some point next week.

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Resop will be called up for us and Kimbrel will be sent down to get steady work.

When JJ comes back, JJ will be activated and Chavez will be sent down.

That is my guess.

Probably right.

That said, I would be mildly surprised if Resop is anything special.

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From MLB Trade Rumors....

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Braves Unlikely To Trade Chris Resop

By Mike Axisa [June 14, 2010 at 10:59am CST]

The Braves aren't going to trade righty Chris Resop before his Tuesday opt-out date unless they get an "amazing return," tweets Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. They will instead call him up to work out of the bullpen, maintaining their depth.

Resop, 27, has been a revelation as a starter in Triple-A this year, posting a 1.84 ERA and 9.9 K/9 in 13 starts (73.1 innings). He spent last season pitching in Japan, and prior to that he was strictly a reliever in his pro career, which included stints with the Marlins, Angels, and Braves. Resop would have been able to opt out of his contract tomorrow if he had not been called up the bigs, and interest would have been plentiful if he hit the open market.

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