MLB Rumors: Justin Upton

Can you win without an OF? 

July, 13, 2013
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Based on the trio's lack of living up to expectations thus far, along with the fact that Atlanta is in first place at the moment, that the team doesn't "need" Jason Heyward, B.J Upton and Justin Upton to contribute all that much in order for the Braves to end up in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the team may have to find out what it is like to field a team without any of the above outfielders in the lineup at all.

Cost of extending Heyward 

February, 26, 2013
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Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward will earn $3.65 million in 2013, agreeing to a one-year deal and avoiding arbitration last month. That isn't news, nor is really all that interesting. What might be, especially for Braves fans, is what it may take to sign Heyward long term, something the club has not discussed with Heyward, reports Mark Bowman of MLB.com.

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Yankees done? 

January, 29, 2013
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The New York Yankees may have found the right-handed hitting outfielder GM Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com they were after. The club has inked veteran Juan Rivera to battle Matt Diaz and perhaps Russ Canzler.

The Yankees, who have three left-handed hitting outfielders on the roster, also do not have a clear answer at designated hitter with the losses of Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones. Once Alex Rodriguez returns from hip surgery, a rotation of A-ROD, Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira is likely.

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Upton deal affects Stanton's price 

January, 29, 2013
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In the wake of the Justin Upton trade, it's time to analyze how that deal impacts the price
of Giancarlo Stanton, another young slugger who has been mentioned in trade rumors ever since the Miami Marlins moved several big-name players at the beginning of the offseason.

The Braves did well to give up big leaguers Martin Prado and Randall Delgado, along with prospects Zeke Spruill, Nick Ahmed and Brandon Drury, for Upton and Chris Johnson. The fact that Atlanta was able to hang onto right-handed pitching prospects Julio Teheran, J.R. Graham and Lucas Sims means the club didn't deplete its so-so farm system all that much at the top.

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Extending Andrus 

January, 28, 2013
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The Texas Rangers want to make sure Elvis doesn't leave the building, er, ballpark.

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Braves' bright future 

January, 27, 2013
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The Atlanta Braves won 94 games in 2012 and qualified for one of the wild card spots. They ranked No. 4 in the National League in team ERA and No. 7 in runs scored with exactly 700. It's a solid club that relied on pitching, both from the rotation and the bullpen, solid defense at some key spots -- shortstop, centerfield and right field, particularly -- and timely hitting. The results may only get better, too.

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Update on Braves potential lineup 

January, 25, 2013
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The Atlanta Braves have acquired Justin Upton from the Arizona Diamondbacks, reports Mark Bowman of MLB.com, among others. Bowman tweets that the Braves will send right-handers Randall Delgado and Zeke Spruill, infielder Martin Prado and shortstop prospect Nick Ahmed. The Braves also get third baseman Chris Johnson in the deal.

I took a crack Thursday, but as David O'Brien tweets Friday, the top third of skipper Fredi Gonzalez's lineup would be different. Using that information, let's try again:

  1. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  2. Jason Heyward, RF

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Arizona's outfield 

January, 25, 2013
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Now that the Arizona Diamondbacks have finally traded right fielder Justin Upton, Jason Kubel may be safe to order those business cards with his desert address, and the club can move forward with their plans for the other outfielders.

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The Braves' offer for Upton 

January, 24, 2013
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Reports surfaced Wednesday that the Atlanta Braves have made an offer to the Arizona Diamondbacks in attempt to land outfielder Justin Upton. David O'Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution tweets that he believes right-hander Julio Teheran is included in that offer, plus two or three other prospects.

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D-backs willing to deal Upton, Kubel 

January, 23, 2013
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Just because a deal that would have sent Justin Upton to the Seattle Mariners fell apart, the Arizona Diamondbacks haven’t given up on the idea of trading an outfielder. ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney tweeted Tuesday the Diamondbacks continue to weigh offers for Upton and Jason Kubel, and they want to deal one of them “sooner rather than later.”

Olney adds the D-backs have a better chance of getting suitable value for Kubel because of a more reasonable salary. Upton will earn $38.5 million over the next three seasons while Kubel will make $7.5 million this season, plus an option for 2014. The Tampa Bay Rays, currently in search of a designated hitter, could be a nice fit.

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The Braves and Justin Upton

January, 15, 2013
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When Justin Upton rejected a trade to the Seattle Mariners last week among the first thoughts included the idea that perhaps the right fielder prefers the east coast, and most of all may be looking to be deal to the Atlanta Braves where his older brother just signed a long-term contract. The Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers have also had discussions with the Diamondbacks and none of the above three clubs are on Upton's no-trade list.

David O'Brien reports via Twitter that the Braves have not had renewed talks with the D-backs about Upton since the news broke of the vetoed trade to the Mariners and a source told Rumor Central recently that GM Frank Wren is unlikely to part with top prospects such as Julio Teheran in a package for Upton. Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said over the weekend that the asking price for Upton will not change, either, so Atlanta may be a pipe dream for Upton for the time being.

The New York Mets and San Diego Padres have also been mentioned but the price in young talent has proven too great thus far. The Rangers, still, appear to be the best fit, but GM Jon Daniels stated last week that they have made their best offer.

Granderson for Upton? 

January, 15, 2013
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The New York Yankees could use an infusion of young talent and Justin Upton qualifies. He's also on the trade block and does not have the Yankees on his limited no-trade list. There are many obstacles to such a transaction, including the trade cost, but the one that might prevent Upton from landing in the Bronx is the Yankees' apparent disinterest, writes Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com.

Morosi suggests, however, that GM Brian Cashman could clear 2013 salary space by trading Curtis Granderson, but 2014 remains an issue since the organization is dead set on getting under the luxury tax limits for next season. They do have expiring contracts after '13 -- Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda, Mariano Rivera and Granderson, so it seems plausible.

The Diamondbacks aren't likely to have interest in adding another outfielder, especially one earning $15 million, so Granderson-for-Upton isn't all that feasible. A three-team trade scenario could work, however and one club that could be interested in Granderson is Seattle, the team that had a deal in place for Upton before the 25-year-old used his veto rights. Granderson is a one-year rental, however, and the Mariners are not likely to be willing to move good prospects for one season of any player.

The Diamondbacks appear to have painted themselves into a corner with Upton, though GM Kevin Towers said recently the trade cost will not come down, suggesting Upton could start spring training with the D-backs. I wouldn't bet on that, however, as Arizona has a full outfield without Upton in the mix after adding Cody Ross last month. Finding a good match is another story altogether, but if the Yankees would like to get involved, Granderson could be traded first.

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