MLB Rumors: Justin Upton

Friday rumor roundup 

December, 19, 2014
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The San Diego Padres have been incredibly busy over the last two days and have made so many moves, it's a shock that Rajon Rondo wasn't among their new acquisitions.

Upton heading west? 

December, 19, 2014
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The Atlanta Braves are reportedly putting the finishing touches on a deal that would send Justin Upton to an unknown American League West club. Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs tweeted early Friday morning that, according to a source, "a package headlined by young pitching" would be coming back to Atlanta.

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Padres a match for Upton? 

December, 15, 2014
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With the addition of Matt Kemp, the San Diego Padres have made a statement that they're hoping to win games with their offense in 2015 and that they're no longer content to try and simply out-pitch their opponents. However, Kemp won't be able to do it all alone.

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Will Braves make a deal? 

December, 12, 2014
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David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviewed Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez earlier this week and asked him what his defense might look like in 2015. "Evan Gattis would catch, right now as we stand. Justin Upton in left field, Nick Markakis in right field, and B.J. Upton in center field right now, and hopefully we get him turned around. Then you could go a couple different directions in the outfield for a fourth outfielder," Gonzalez replied.

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Rumors Roundup for Wednesday 

December, 10, 2014
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The winter meetings inched closer to a conclusion on Wednesday, and the rumor mill in San Diego finally centered on someone not named Jon Lester.

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Package deal with Justin Upton? 

December, 10, 2014
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The San Francisco Giants have emerged as a serious suitor for outfielder Justin Upton, but the Atlanta Braves are packaging third baseman Chris Johnson as part of any deal, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

The Giants aggressively pursued Jon Lester before the left-hander signed with the Cubs, and the Plan B could be to pursue a power bat. The 27-year-old Upton hit 29 homers with 102 RBIs and an .833 OPS last season and will be one of the top hitters on the free-agent market next winter.

Upton makes a very affordable $14.5 million, which explains why the Braves are asking teams to absorb the $17.5 million left on Johnson’s contract as well.

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The market for Justin Upton 

December, 9, 2014
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It already has been a very busy offseason for the Atlanta Braves, who traded Jason Heyward to the Cardinals in a deal for Shelby Miller and signed Nick Markakis and Jim Johnson via free agency. Those deals will merely be warm-up acts if the Braves deal Justin Upton, but president of baseball operations John Hart will not exactly give the outfielder away.

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When will Jon Lester make up his mind? That is the question the baseball world is asking, with bated breath, at the winter meetings in San Diego.

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Justin Upton ready to move? 

December, 5, 2014
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The Atlanta Braves have been busy this offseason making some changes to their outfield, having sent away Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals and signing free agent Nick Markakis to a four-year deal to replace him. The next move may be a trade of Justin Upton.

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Mariners interest in OF costly? 

November, 28, 2014
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The Seattle Mariners don't want to be left on the sidelines this offseason, and have their sights set on adding a big-name player to their outfield before the start of 2015.

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Rising price for Justin Upton? 

November, 25, 2014
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One player who was likely more than a bit interested in Monday’s spending spree by the Boston Red Sox is Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton, who is scheduled to hit the free agent market next winter.

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Atlanta's asking price for Justin Upton 

November, 22, 2014
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According to a New York Post story on Friday, the Atlanta Braves are shopping talented outfielder Justin Upton and are seeking a huge haul in return.

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Heyward gone, Upton next? 

November, 18, 2014
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On Monday, the Atlanta Braves traded away outfielder Jason Heyward as part of a four player deal that could well indicate the team is about to enter a sort of fire sale mode for 2015.

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Braves ready to rebuild? 

November, 13, 2014
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The Atlanta Braves are expected to move an outfielder this offseason, as the trio of Justin Upton, B.J. Upton and Jason Heyward is unlikely to return intact for 2015. The need is present as Evan Gattis, if he doesn't get dealt himself, presumably will shift to the outfield to make room for Christian Bethancourt behind the plate.

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Braves OF on the move? 

October, 21, 2014
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In 2014, the Atlanta Braves outfielders -- led primarily by the trio of Justin Upton, B.J. Upton and Jason Heyward -- ranked 17th in the league in total bases and just 25th in batting average. That's probably not nearly what the team expected from the over $32 million in salary the three players collectively received last season.

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