Braves president John Hart was a guest on the MLB Network Radio's "The Front Office" and talked about a variety of topics with Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden.
John Hart told us they have NOT made one phone call on Justin Upton and DON’T plan to @MLBNetworkRadio— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) November 30, 2014
Hart on Justin Upton - signing him to a multi year deal "not out of the realm of possibility" but certainly downplayed it as a possibility— Jim Duquette (@Jim_Duquette) November 30, 2014
John Hart told us that Jon Lester is probably the right player at the wrong time for the #Braves— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) November 30, 2014
Hart pointed out the bad contracts they have to carry in Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton and how much that affects what they’re trying to do XM 89— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) November 30, 2014
John Hart told us they are not active right now with Justin Upton or Evan Gattis @MLBNetworkRadio They are toying with Gattis in LF for now— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) November 30, 2014
The Oakland A's dealt All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Brett Lawrie, Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman and Franklin Barreto.
Donaldson was Oakland's best player for the last two years. After a breakout 2013 in which he finished fourth in the American League MVP voting, he batted .255/.342/.456 (126 OPS+) with 29 home runs in 2014 and finished eighth for MVP. His 7.4 bWAR ranked second in the AL after only Mike Trout, and he earned a start in his first All-Star Game and a Fielding Bible award in recognition of his excellent defense. Donaldson will turn 29 in December but is only entering his first year of arbitration, and he is under team control through the 2018 season.
In addition, Billy Beane says that the deal "addresses the now and the future" for the Oakland A's.