Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
The Atlanta Braves may wind up as the best fit for Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton.
The Atlanta Braves may wind up as the best fit for Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, depending on what the Texas Rangers decide to do, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Olney adds that the Rangers, along with other teams, may prefer to retain their prospects rather than ship them to Arizona in exchange for Upton. Rather than pursue Upton now, teams may elect to hang onto young players to use when Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price become available in trade.
Olney does believe the Braves would be willing to part with a "good package" of prospects for Upton. He views Atlanta as the best fit, if the Rangers ultimately decide to bow out of the sweepstakes.
Beyond the Rangers and Braves, the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets have also been tied to Upton. Over 554 at-bats last season, Upton hit .280/.355/.430 with 24 doubles, four triples and 17 home runs. The 25-year-old has hit .278/.357/.475 over six seasons at the major league level.