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Justin Upton | Outfielder

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 204
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are looking to package Chris Johnson with Justin Upton or Evan Gattis in possible trade scenarios.
A week ago, the Padres were a team that Bowman cited as being interested in Justin Upton. With their near-trades for Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, it appears unlikely that they would still be in the market for the outfielder. Bowman wrote that the Braves were holding court with five other teams. It would be palatable for the team if they could package Johnson or Gattis in with Upton, though it would obviously be tougher for them to complete a trade if they were attaching extra weight to the deal. The Braves are also reportedly looking to deal B.J. Upton. Dec 17 - 2:46 PM

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MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Padres remain one of the team's pursuing Justin Upton.

The Pads are on the verge of acquiring Matt Kemp, but it appears they might not be done looking for offense. For what it's worth, Bowman adds that he "wouldn't be shocked" to see Kemp and Upton in the same outfield next season. The Giants, Rangers, Orioles and Royals are other teams known to have interest in Upton.
Dec 12 - 12:36 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are interested in Justin Upton and Evan Gattis of the Braves.

However, the are understandably reluctant to give up Yordano Ventura or Danny Duffy, so a deal appears unlikely. The Royals might have to aim lower via trades or free agency.
Dec 10 - 2:35 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants are discussing a trade with the Braves involving Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.

Nightengale cautions, however, that "neither club was overly optimistic a deal can be finalized." The deal is a fit for the Giants since they have a hole both in left field and at third base, but Nightengale says the Braves aren't sure the Giants have the prospects needed to make a trade work. Upton has drawn trade interest from a host of clubs this offseason.
Source: USAToday.com
Dec 9 - 8:08 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays, Indians, Brewers, and Cubs are on Justin Upton's no-trade list.

Players often include certain teams on their no-trade list as leverage, but it's worth noting that the Mariners were listed two years ago and Upton exercised his right to turn down a potential deal. The Indians have reportedly expressed interest in a trade for Upton this offseason, so it's something to keep in mind.
Dec 9 - 5:08 PM

Orioles president of baseball operations Dan Duquette told MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli Monday that he has not talked to the Braves about Justin Upton.

MLB.com's Mark Bowman earlier Monday listed the O's as one of the teams showing interest in Upton, but Duquette just threw a wet blanket on the idea. The O's are in the market for outfield help and could come away with someone before the end of the Winter Meetings, but it doesn't sound like it will be Upton.
Dec 8 - 6:23 PM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that the Orioles, Rangers, and Padres continue to show interest in a trade for Braves outfielder Justin Upton.

However, Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote Monday morning that the Braves have yet to hear a satisfactory offer. The Indians have also been mentioned as a possibility, but they are likely out after acquiring Brandon Moss from the A's on Monday. Upton is owed $14.5 million next season before hitting free agency.
Dec 8 - 3:50 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Braves have still not heard a deal they like for outfielder Justin Upton.

The Braves are prioritizing starting pitching and second base in a potential return package, but they haven't heard the right offer yet. Sherman hears that the Royals, Rangers, Padres, and Indians all remain interested. The Orioles have also been mentioned as a possibility in recent days.
Dec 8 - 10:44 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles, Rangers and Padres are among the teams still involved in trade talks for Justin Upton.

Noticeably absent from the list are the Mariners, who have long been listed as a potential landing spot. Of course, Morosi didn't explicitly say the M's or other clubs were no longer involved. But, it could be that the teams he does list are now the favorites to land the outfielder. Upton will almost surely be traded following the Braves' signing of Nick Markakis.
Dec 4 - 10:11 PM

The Braves are still fielding "good" offers on Justin Upton and will likely deal the outfielder at the winter meetings, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

With Nelson Cruz and, now, Nick Markakis off the free agent market, those offers only figure to get better, Sherman said. The presence of Markakis in Atlanta is another signal that Upton's time may be short -- while he plays right field to Upton's left, the Braves now have a surplus of starting-quality corner outfielders. The Mariners are one team in search of an outfielder that may have the pitching the Braves are seeking.
Dec 3 - 8:43 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution hears that "there have not been any recent trade discussions" between the Braves and Athletics.

John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reported Friday that the A's have been talking to the Braves about Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, with Jeff Samardzija perhaps being used as bait. However, he then said Saturday that Samardzija would not be going to Atlanta, and that, combined with O'Brien's report, makes it look like the two sides probably aren't potential trade partners after all.
Nov 30 - 8:58 AM

John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports that the Athletics are talking to the Braves about Justin Upton and Evan Gattis.

Hickey believes that Jeff Samardzija could potentially be the bait in any deal. The A's certainly have a surplus of arms slated for their rotation and are in need of an offensive upgrade after dealing Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays on Friday, so this would seem like a nice fit. Both Upton and Samardzija are in the final year of their contracts.
Nov 29 - 9:13 AM

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Rangers have been in contact with the Braves regarding OF Justin Upton.

We're guessing that a lot of teams have been in contact with the Braves, given that they just shipped Jayson Heyward to the Cardinals. Upton is in a similar situation to Heyward in that he is a year away from free agency. According to Rosenthal, the Rangers are open to trading prospects in lieu of paying in free agency. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Braves will be asking a higher price for Upton than they did for Heyward.
Nov 23 - 1:49 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post was told by an executive that Justin Upton "will be moved" this offseason.

The Braves dealt Jason Heyward earlier this week, but they don't plan to stop there. Like Heyward, Upton is set for free agency after next season, and the interest in him, according to Sherman, is "significant." Sherman adds that the price is steep, with the Braves looking for a bigger package than it took to land Heyward. The Mariners have long had interest in Upton and would appear to be a fit.
Nov 21 - 11:30 AM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that Justin Upton and Evan Gattis "might both be traded at some point this winter."

The Braves sent Jason Heyward to the Cardinals on Monday in a blockbuster deal, but Bowman says the club is "definitely not done moving some of their guys." Upton has one more year before free agency and would surely bring more in return, so he could be likelier to be moved. It appears the Braves might be gearing more towards 2017 when their new ballpark opens rather than trying to compete in 2015 with a roster that simply doesn't stack up with the Nationals.
Nov 18 - 9:10 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2Gerald Laird
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Phil Gosselin
3Jose Peraza
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kyle Kubitza
LF1Justin Upton
2Evan Gattis
3Ryan Doumit
4Zoilo Almonte
CF1B.J. Upton
2Emilio Bonifacio
3Jose Constanza
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Shelby Miller
4Alex Wood
5Yean Carlos Gil
6Tyrell Jenkins
7Williams Perez
8Chien-Ming Wang
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Shae Simmons
4James Russell
5David Hale
6Luis Avilan
7Juan Jaime
8Chasen Shreve
9Aaron Northcraft
10Arodys Vizcaino
11Michael Kohn
12Ian Thomas
13Brandon Cunniff
14Mauricio Cabrera