PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 07: Justin Upton #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks warms up on deck during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on July 7, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 11, 2012
Another Justin Upton fit could be ATL. Could build deal around Prado,P prospects. Prado plays 3B for Ariz., Upton takes Bourn $ slot in '13.
Olney adds that by acquiring Upton, the Braves would obtain some cost certainty while dealing with players such as Michael Bourn and Brian McCann. Upton would also help balance the Braves lineup, according to Olney.
More reason why J.Upton/Atlanta makes sense: helps balance ATL lineup, gives them cost certainty as ATL deals with Bourn/McCann situations— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 11, 2012
We found out this morning that while the Diamondbacks are willing to listen on Upton, they are not actively attempting to trade the 24-year-old. If Arizona were to deal Upton, they would seek major league-ready talent in return.
Olney speculates that Martin Prado, someone who's been on the Braves' trading block for some time, could play third base for the Diamondbacks. He adds that Atlanta could send pitching prospects, along with Prado, to Arizona in a package for Upton. The Braves have several young arms at or near major league-ready, including right-hander Julio Teheran, who's considered one of the game's top prospects.
Should the Braves pursue Upton?