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.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
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. 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: 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).
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.