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Rangers tried to trade Matt Garza and Joe Nathan to Braves for Justin Upton

Sep 23, 2013, 3:15 PM EST

Justin Upton AP

Buried near the end of Bob Nightengale’s recent USA Today report about Nelson Cruz is this tidbit about the Rangers’ unsuccessful attempts to trade for Justin Upton:

The Rangers, trying to solve that power void, tried to pull off a blockbuster deal for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton before the July 31 trade deadline. The Rangers offered starter Matt Garza, All-Star closer Joe Nathan and outfielder David Murphy, but they were rejected, two high-ranking club officials told USA TODAY Sports.

Tough to blame the Braves for turning that down considering both Matt Garza and Joe Nathan are impending free agents and David Murphy is a role player, but that’s definitely very interesting. I hadn’t heard anything along those specific lines, but there were several reports back in July suggesting the Rangers were open to trading Garza soon after acquiring him from the Cubs and also were shopping Nathan.

Upton, who cooled considerably after a big April to more or less match his career norms this season, is signed through 2015.

  1. kevinbnyc - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    What would the Braves even do with Nathan? Seems like a lot of money to pay a guy who is older than and arguably not as good as your incumbent closer.

    • miketreedy - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      I doubt this is true. Why would the Rangers offer Nathan when they know the Braves don’t need a closer? Also, why would they include Murphy. Who in the hell would want him after the year he has had. Your better off not even including him.

  2. mc1439 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Upton wouldn’t agree to the mandatory daily 25 man circle jerk required to be a Ranger….

  3. yahmule - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Rangers reconsidered when the Braves insisted they take BJ, too.

    • jerze2387 - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      ….with that crappy package, the Rangers should have been offering a BJ also.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    The Braves should have countered by offering BOTH Uptons as a package. Man, BJ has been trrbl.

  5. rob662013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    This trade was a mismatch–the Braves didn’t really need any of this–if the Rangers had tried Kinsler or Profar, maybe there would have been interest.

  6. clearwall - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I would have taken that deal if it was for BJ Upton or Dan Uggla…

  7. Old Gator - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Trade Matt Garza? No, impossible!

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