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MLB Trade Rumors: Top 5 Landing Spots For Justin Upton

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The Braves are expected to trade outfielder Justin Upton this offseason, as they continue to re-tool and try to become competitive again in the near future. There are a handful of interested teams and according to reports, they will have to give up more than the Cardinals gave up for Jason Heyward. Here are five teams that could be willing and able to pay the price.

5. San Diego Padres

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5. San Diego Padres

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The Padres are a long shot here, but if they miss out on some other big name free agents, they could go for it all with Upton. They've made it known they want to make a splash and they have plenty of young pitching to send to Atlanta. Everything for the Padres depends on how they view the timing of this potential deal.

4. Chicago White Sox

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4. Chicago White Sox

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After signing slugger Adam LaRoche to a two-year, \$25 million deal, the White Sox might be looking to add even more pop to their lineup. That could come in the way of Upton if the White Sox are willing to give up some key assets in order to acquire him.

3. Houston Astros

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3. Houston Astros

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It might be hard to believe, but the Astros are one of the front runners to land Upton. They have plenty of young talent and feel they're close enough to start adding veterans to go with their talented young lineup. That could mean parting with a couple potential future stars for one current one.

2. Texas Rangers

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2. Texas Rangers

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Even though the Rangers were the worst team in baseball last season and figure to rebuilding, they could re-tool with Upton in the middle of their order. He's still young enough that he could contribute when they're competitive again and he could surely speed up the rebuilding process.

1. Seattle Mariners

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1. Seattle Mariners

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The Mariners are heavy favorites to land Upton. They need a right-handed bat and the Braves need to get rid of their outfielder. Even if they're not willing to part with top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker, Seattle has plenty to offer for the slugger. Getting Upton could make them a serious contender in 2015, so look for them to make a strong push in the coming weeks.