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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Why B.J. Upton still would seem untradeable

  • 8:59 am Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Mark Bradley
Say this for B.J.: He does have nice glasses. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Bob Nightengale of USA Today has provided details regarding the Atlanta Braves’ attempt to trade B.J. Upton in July, an attempt first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports. Nightengale reports that the Braves were willing to take pitcher Edwin Jackson off the Cubs’ hands in “a straight swap of dead weight contracts.”

In other words: Not exactly a bonanza.

Jackson is owed $22 million over the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Upton is owed $46 million over the next three seasons. So: Big savings to the Braves, right? Per Nightengale, the Braves “would have had to throw in a ton of cash.” [More]

Will B.J. Upton lead the league in rebounding?

  • 12:38 pm Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Mark Bradley
B.J. Upton

You might recall Dan Szymborski, with whom we spoke in October on the matter of Brian McCann’s future worth. Szymborski, who works for ESPN, is the man to call on the matter of projecting a baseball player’s season. His ZiPS system is considered an industry standard, and not just among the sabermetric set — big-league teams employ similar algorithms. Which bring us — rough segue here — to B.J. Upton of your Atlanta Braves.

Szymborski thinks the elder Upton brother will be less awful in 2014 than in 2013. (Granted, it would be impossible to be more awful.) He [More]