David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution provided a little clarity on the swap of bad contracts the Cubs and Braves reportedly discussed that would have sent Edwin Jackson to Atlanta for B.J. Upton.
According to the report, the Braves will try to trade B.J. Upton and the three years left on his contract during the upcoming off-season. And O’Brien confirmed the Cubs talked about trading Jackson to the Braves for Upton before the July 31 trade deadline.
David O’Brien reported the Braves realize a deal involving B.J. Upton would have to be sweetened in order for a team to take him and most of his contract. The talks with the Cubs could have included a pitcher, like Mike Minor or Ervin Santana, in order to reduce the cash that would have to be sent along with Upton. Without another player being in the deal the Braves would have to eat most of what is owed to Upton in order to move him.
The Cubs front office has been linked to Mike Minor in the past. The lefty from Vanderbilt, with ties to Derek Johnson, is 5-8 this season in 20 starts with the Braves after missing the first month of the season with left shoulder tendinitis. Minor has given up 140 hits in 119 1/3 innings with 106 strikeouts and 36 walks (4.90 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 4.51 FIP).
According to the report, the Braves would not be willing to send a good pitcher, like Mike Minor, and pay a lot of what is left on Upton’s contract. The Braves might do one or the other but not both … include a player or cash, but not include a player and cash for Upton. The Braves could also be looking for a “decent prospect be included from the other team” according to the report if Atlanta was to take on a bad contract, like Edwin Jackson’s, as expected, in order to move Upton.
David O’Brien explained the way he understands it, “the Braves will try to trade Upton this off-season and that they might do it by including [Mike] Minor in a package.” The Braves would “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.”
- Full Report from the Atlanta Journal Constitution
- Report: Cubs Discussed Trading Edwin Jackson for B.J. Upton, May Rekindle Talk in the Off-Season