Will Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons become teammates? - Kevin C. Cox
Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that trade talks between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves regarding outfielder Justin Upton are picking up. The Braves already added B.J. Upton as a free agent, so adding Justin to the family seems like a very intriguing move.
The question is, can the Braves put together a legitimate package of talent to nab Upton? Justin already turned down a trade to the Seattle Mariners which would have netted a fine haul of prospects for Arizona, including top shortstop prospect Nick Franklin, a top pitching prospect (one of Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen, or James Paxton), relief prospect Stephen Pryor, and Charlie Furbush.
Is there any way the Braves can come up with something similar? The Atlanta farm system has thinned out.
The Braves don't have a middle infield prospect close to the majors who is anywhere near the quality of Franklin. They have some interesting pitching prospects like J.R Graham and the enigmatic Julio Teheran, but those guys rank behind Walker.
So, the question under discussion: If you were the Diamondbacks, what package of prospects (or major leaguers for that matter) from the Atlanta system would be an acceptable return for Upton?