There’s good reason to be optimistic.
Scribes Rosenthal, Heyman and Olney all report the Braves have offered a “strong package” of players for Upton. DOB says the offer likely involves Teheran plus two-to-three additional prospects. Among the names bandied about: Gattis, Ahmed, Gilmartin, Spruill …
Bet on it happening by Friday, an artificial deadline favored by the D’backs, according to reports.
If it does the Bravos will boast the game’s most gifted outfield, one that combined for 72 homers, 227 RBI and 70 steals in 2012 — and that’s with Justin Upton having an off year.
My concern is what impact this will have on extensions for Jay Hey and Medlen. I’d rather lock those two up than acquire Upton. Hopefully it’s not an either/or proposition.
Still, I’d rather be talking about the possibility of another Upton than trying to rationalize the signing of Delmon Young.
- Braves making push to gain another Upton (markbowman.mlblogs.com)
- The Braves are the frontrunners for Justin Upton (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)