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Braves "down the road" in trade talks with AL West club for Justin Upton

Because there's no rumor like a middle-of-the-night-in-December rumor.

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It has been speculated for weeks that Justin Upton would wind up with an American League West team, with the Mariners and Rangers being obvious fits. The Oakland Athletics have also required a ton of pitching in recent days, which leads us to this report from a lead FanGraphs writer:

I'm holding out hope for Mike Trout. He could probably pitch.

In all seriousness, the folks closest to the Braves have continually pushed a handful of west coast teams as the leading suitors for Upton.

The Mariners are a big bat away from being really scary, the Rangers have the young talent the Braves desire, and Billy Beane is out here playing chess while the rest of the league plays checkers. They should make a movie about this guy and his crazy way of doing stuff.

None of the national or Braves beat writers have chimed in tonight – they're rumored to be sleeping – though there was this speculation a little earlier from Jane Lee, A's beat writer for

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