Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Braves “are very much shopping” Justin Upton

Justin Upton

Atlanta Braves’ Justin Upton blows a bubble-gum bubble on his way back to the dugout adfter striking out in the first inning of the baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


Atlanta traded away outfielder Jason Heyward with one season remaining on his contract and now the Braves are apparently looking to do the same with outfielder Justin Upton.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Braves “are very much shopping” the 27-year-old Upton and “are requesting a higher return than they received” for the 25-year-old Heyward, which was Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins from the Cardinals.

Upton is owed $14.5 million for 2015 and is coming off a season in which he hit .270 with 29 homers and an .833 OPS. His defense, however, consistently rates poorly by advanced metrics. Overall he ranked 18th among all MLB outfielders in Wins Above Replacement, sandwiched between Starling Marte of the Pirates and Nelson Cruz of the Orioles.

Follow @AaronGleeman