Houston really wants Evan Gattis, so much so that they were willing to take B.J. Upton, according to Ken Rosenthal. In return the Braves would’ve received Dexter Fowler and either a pitching prospect or reserve catcher.
The Astros, however, balked at adding $39 million in payroll — the difference between Upton’s remaining $46.35 million and Fowler’s $7.35 million — and the teams never agreed on the second player going to the Braves.
Then offer to pay $20 million of B.J.’s contract. Certainly the Braves don’t expect a team to take on all the money he’s still owed. Hell, they should be thrilled if anyone would take on half. Fowler, an Atlanta native, is not a great defensive CF — neither is B.J. — but his career OBP is nearly .100 points higher than B.J.’s .279 total with the Braves.
Gattis’ right-handed bat would be missed, but he can’t play LF. With the money potentially saved, the Braves shouldn’t have much trouble finding someone who can.
Make it happen, JH.