The Atlanta Braves may have just found themselves in a better position to acquire a left fielder. The Arizona Diamondbacks had a deal worked out to send Justin Upton to the Seattle Mariners, but Upton blocked the deal with his limited no-trade clause, foxsports.com reports.
Seattle was prepared to send a "package of young players" to Arizona, but the Mariners are one of the four teams to which Upton can block a trade.
"Upton's rejection of the Mariners could be an attempt by him to leverage the Diamondbacks into sending him to a more preferred destination," foxsports.com said. "The D-Backs, meanwhile, could be telling Upton that Seattle is his only option if he wants to leave Arizona, and for that reason it’s always possible that a deal could revive."
Meanwhile, we at Braves 101 speculate the real reason Upton blocked the deal is so he wouldn't have to hit in front of Jason Bay.
The Texas Rangers are also in the mix to trade for Upton, particularly since they lost Josh Hamilton to the Los Angeles Angels.
The 25-year-old Upton would probably fit in well with the Braves, who recently signed his older brother, B.J. Upton, to a five-year contract. Justin Upton has three years and $38.5 million left on his contract.
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