MLB Rumors: Atlanta Braves Close to Acquiring Justin Upton?
Justin Upton might be on the move, again. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves are discussing a deal with each other that could be finalized as early as Wednesday. Right now it appears as if the Diamondbacks are trying to decide whether or not they should trade their young star or the older veteran in Jason Kubel who has also drawn interest.
In earlier discussions between the two teams, the Diamondbacks asked for Andrelton Simmons, a player the Braves won’t move, so it is unlikely the Braves would suddenly change their minds and include him in a deal. Instead it looks like the package could surround Evan Gattis whom Arizona is high on.
The Braves signed Justin’s brother B.J. Upton earlier this winter so adding Justin would give the Braves an outfield of Justin Upton, B.J. Upton and Jason Heyward, a fairly formidable outfield that is still young and with plenty of talent. However, there are also questions as to whether or not those three will live up to the hype that surrounded each of them early in their careers. At the very least it would make for a fun nickname for the outfield. My money is on Up, Up, and J-Hey.
In Gattis, the Diamondbacks would be getting a promising outfielder, but who is also 26 and will turn 27 this season in August, but has never played above AA. In three minor league seasons Gattis has hit .308/.374/.546 in 222 games. Gattis does have a good eye and doesn’t strike out a ton, but that could also be because he has been playing talent that isn’t up to his level. After all he was a college hitter who was playing in A ball so it is expected for him to hit.
Of course the Braves would also be giving up other players, though, at this time it is not known who they are, but Gattis will likely be included in the deal. If he is the main piece in the trade then the Braves are getting a steal. Of course it will be interesting to see who else the Braves give up.
The Diamondbacks are also in talks with the Baltimore Orioles about Jason Kubel as well. It is possible both deals, if they will trade both Upton and Kubel, could be completed by tomorrow or Friday.