“However, the interest in Upton is described by a person familiar with the talks as significant — the Astros, Rangers and others have inquired and an executive from another team flatly said, “Justin Upton will be moved.”
Earlier this week, the Braves dealt their other outfielder, Jason Heyward. Atlanta received starting pitcher Shelby Miller and pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins. To get those players they gave up Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden.
Upton will be a free agent at the end of the 2015 season. He will make $14.5 million during this next season. He possibly has a huge trade value because of his offense, mainly his power. He is also a righty who can hit with power, which is needed among multiple MLB teams.
The 27-year-old slashed .270/.342/.491 along with 29 homers and 102 RBI’s. It was arguably is best season since being drafted as the first pick of the 2005 amateur draft. He was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 2014 season was also the first time he hit 100+ RBI’s in a season.