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Report: The Braves and Cubs discussed a B.J. Upton, Edwin Jackson swap

Aug 23, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

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In today’s column for USA TODAY, Bob Nightengale writes that the Braves and Cubs nearly pulled the trigger on a swap of B.J. Upton and Edwin Jackson at the non-waiver trade deadline, but it never materialized. The Braves would have had to throw in a significant amount of cash to even out the trade, which was ostensibly what halted the deal.

Upton is in the second year of a five-year, $75.25 contract signed in November 12. In 952 plate appearances as a Brave, Upton has 18 home runs, 57 RBI, 30 stolen bases, and a .197/.276/.310 slash line.

Jackson, currently sidelined with a strained lat muscle in his right shoulder, is in the second year of a four-year, $52 million deal signed in December 2012. He led the league with 18 losses last season and is the current league leader with 14 this year. In 314 1/3 innings as a member of the Cubs, Jackson has a 5.47 ERA and a 258/120 K/BB ratio.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Given his obsession with weak hitting outfielders, Upton’s NL slash lines must have Epstein’s nipples so hard they could cut glass.

  2. delusionalcardsfan - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Damn. I think both teams actually get worse in this trade.

  3. nyking1963 - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Your poop for mine

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Maybe they can swing a 3-way deal with the Island of Misfit Toys?

  5. luz56 - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Jackson is still playing?? Honestly I lost track after the brilliant trade for him here in AZ

  6. 1harrypairatesties - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    My crap for your crap.

  7. pisano - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    That would be a fair trade, they’re both bums.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      A crappy pitcher still has some value. Most 5th starters are pretty terrible. Heck, most 4th starters are pretty terrible. But an outfielder playing as poorly as BJ Upton is has no value at all. I can’t see why anyone would want him at any price.

  8. Walk - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    I would check arizona, maybe they would be willing to trade for upton. Braves have had some success with the dbacks as trade partners.

  9. ud1951 - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Both teams really have to be looking back and kicking themselves for not making this trade. Think where the Cubs could be without Jackson pitching and with a sub Mendoza line expensive outfielder. They have a hole now that Schierholtz is gone. And the Braves could really use a guy with a 6+ ERA pitching every five days, they just don’t have one of those.

  10. bigmeechy74 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    yeah but upton has a “good glove”

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