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Uptons reunited in Atlanta



UPDATE, 2:48: The trade has been announced officially, and Justin posted this on his Twitter account:

Bittersweet day for me. So happy to get the chance to play with my brother in Atlanta but will miss the city and the fans here in Phoenix.

DEVELOPING: B.J. Upton and Justin Upton talked of playing together some day, and they will now have that chance in Atlanta.

The Braves this morning completed a trade with Arizona to acquire Justin after previously signing B.J., the former Rays CF, as a free-agent.

According to several reports, the Braves gave up a package of P Randall Delgado, INF Martin Prado and minor leaguers Nick Ahmed, Brandon Drury and Zeke Spruill for Upton and 3B Chris Johnson.

Though the Rays were not belived to be seeking Upton, the move could affect them in two ways: Arizona is now unlikely to trade OF Jason Kubel, whom the Rays likely did have interest in; and the market for top remaining free-agent Michael Bourn was further reduced, which could expedite free agent signings.

The Rays are looking for a DH and possibly an outfielder.  Re-signing Luke Scott seems to be the top possibility, but other available candidates include Travis Hafner, Aubrey Huff, Dan Johnson  (took a minor-league deal with Yankees on Thursday), Carlos Lee, Juan Rivera and Jim Thome.




[Last modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 2:48pm]


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