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Atlanta Braves May Be Last Team Standing for Justin Upton Trade

January 13th, 2013 at 7:27 PM
By Cody Fields

After the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees have essentially withdrawn interest in acquiring Justin Upton, it looks like the Atlanta Braves may be the only team with a legitimate shot at making a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

However, just because Upton blew up a potential trade to the Seattle Mariners with his no-trade clause, Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers isn't willing to cave on their trade demands or rushing to make a deal.

"I'm not taking less," Towers said to cbssports.com. "I'm in no hurry."

Which leads to Buster Olney tweeting that the Braves are "lying in the weeds" in discussions involving Upton. Olney also notes that a deal for Upton would pair him with his brother B.J. Upton and Jason Heyward for at least the next three years. One could easily expect 80-90 homers and 75 stolen bases from the trio per year should that occur.

But before any of that can happen, the Braves would likely have to part with some prime talent. It would make sense at that point to trade Evan Gattis, who would be only be victimized by a logjam at pretty much every position he can play. Atlanta would also likely give up Randall Delgado or Julio Teheran, plus at least one or two more prospects of a lesser caliber.

Braves GM Frank Wren has indicated that the club is comfortable with their current roster and very well could enter Spring Training with no additional moves, but it would be hard to imagine him passing up a prime opportunity to significantly upgrade the Braves' run-producing ability.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Justin Upton, MLB

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