The Atlanta Braves, it appears, are looking to sell extremely high on slugging outfielder Justin Upton. If the San Diego Padres are all-in on Upton as several reports seem to suggest, they'll likely have to pay a premium to get him.
The Braves, according to major-league sources, want more for Upton than they did for Jason Heyward, whom they traded to the Cardinals with reliever Jordan Walden for right-handers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins.
For the Padres, that seemingly would translate to a controllable starter — say, righty Tyson Ross — and a prospect. But the Pads, now that they’re acquiring Kemp, do not want to trade Ross, Ian Kennedy or Andrew Cashner, sources say.
Although the Padres don't seem willing to part with one of their coveted starters for what translates to one year of Upton at $14.5 million, their need for an impact bat could cause them to change their tune and soon.
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