May 19, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton (2) reacts after a strike out against the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves to try trading B.J. Upton in offseason

The Atlanta Braves are struggling to find out why their roster isn’t working and a lot of it has to do with the struggles of B.J. Upton. The outfielder isn’t playing to the level that the team paid for and it’s an issue that needs fixing.

Atlanta tried to trade Upton this summer but found no takers, so talks will reportedly pick back up in the winter. According to Dave O’Brien from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves will attempt to trade Upton this offseason and rid themselves of his bad contract and even worse production.

The Braves will try to trade Upton this offseason – personally, I think it’s just about a fait accompli that he’s gone before spring training – and that they might do it by including Minor in a package. In other words, they’d tell a team, you can have three years of contractual control of Minor before free agency, but you’re going to have to take B.J. Upton in the deal.

The Cubs seem to be the team that others go to when you have a terrible contract and want to dump someone. They gave gobs of money to Alfonso Soriano and they seem willing to take on Upton now in exchange for the bad contract of Edwin Jackson.

A deal might not get done but the bottom line is the Braves will work hard to move Upton in the offseason and that means he’ll stick it out for the rest of the season in Atlanta.

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