D-Backs to send Justin Upton to the Braves

The Braves have acquired D-Backs OF Justin Upton, according to the following reports.

The deal would team up Upton with his brother, B.J. Upton, as well as Jason Heyward, in Atlanta’s outfield.

10:10 am: Braves will get Upton and 3B Chris Johnson, the D-Backs get infielder Martin Prado, pitchers Randall Delgado, Nick Ahmed and Zeke Spruill (Bowman, MLB.com).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

9:53 am: Damn! That hurts. The Braves outfield is as good as the Mets outfield is bad, at this point. Yikes << click to tweet this.

The Mets had interest in Upton, but would not part with Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud or Matt Harvey to get a deal done. The two sides talked before the Winter Meetings, and a few times in the last week or so. But, the Mets never budged from their position. Last year, there was talk that Arizona would take Jon Niese in a deal for Upton, but I don’t think the two sides discussed him this time around.

6:45 am: Arizona is close to a deal that will send Upton to the Braves (Rosenthal, FoxSports).

Jan. 22: The Braves and Diamondbacks are still working on a deal for Upton – it is now less likely Arizona will deal Kubel to the Orioles (Heyman, CBS Sports).

Jan. 22: The Braves are waiting to hear back from Arizona about a deal for Upton (Rosenthal, FoxSports).

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Jan. 22: The Rangers have not talked to the Arizona about Upton in weeks (Heyman, CBS Sports).

Jan. 22: The D-Backs want to make a decision on trading Upton or Kubel by Friday (Olney, ESPN).

Jan. 22: The Orioles are pursuing a trade for Kubel (Rosenthal, FOX Sports).

Jan 22: The D-Backs are weighing offers for Upton and Kubel (Olney, ESPN).

Jan. 12: The Mets and D-Backs have resumed trade talks, though there is still no indication Sandy Alderson will include Wheeler or Harvey (Carig, Newsday).

Jan. 12: The Mets are not interested in offering a similar package to what Seattle offered Arizona for Upton (Martin, NY Post).

Jan. 11: Arizona initially wanted the Mets to give up a combination of top prospects (Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, etc.) and big-league talent (Harvey, Daniel Murphy, Bobby Parnell, etc.) in a deal for Upton; while Kubel will likely cost just two upper-level pitching prospects (Cerrone, MetsBlog.com).

Jan. 11: The D-Backs are shopping Upton and Kubel at the same time, to the same teams, and whichever player nets the better value, Arizona will likely make a deal (Cerrone, MetsBlog.com).

Jan. 11: Upton used his no-trade clause to block a deal that would have sent him to Seattle for four of the team’s top 10 prospects (MLBTR). The Mariners were ‘clearly overparing,’ and they’re fortunate the trade fell through, said a team executive (Crasnick, ESPN).

Jan. 7: The Mets talked to the D-Backs about Upton and Kubel, but found the price to be too high (Heyman, CBS Sports).

Contract: Upton will earn $9.75 million next season, during which Niese will earn $3 million. Upton’s salary bumps up to $14.25 million in 2014 and $14.5 million in 2015, after which he is eligible to be a free agent.

Stats: Upton hit .280 with a .355 OBP and .430 SLG with 17 home runs and 67 RBI and 121 strikeouts in 554 at-bats in 2012. In his career, Upton has hit .307 with a .937 OPS, 67 home runs and 219 RBI in 1297 at-bats at Chase Field, while hitting just .250 with a .731 OPS, 41 home runs and 144 RBI in 1366 at-bats on the road.