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When Arizona landed shortstop Didi Gregorius, many thought that Justin Upton would be pulled off the market.
Then the Diamondbacks went out and added Cody Ross to an outfield that already housed Upton, Jason Kubel, Adam Eaton and Gerardo Parra.
Naturally, the Braves have expressed "strong interest" in bringing the young outfielder with immense potential into Atlanta.
If Atlanta could financially maneuver itself into a position where it could bring aboard Upton's relatively affordable contract (which might mean cutting ties with Brian McCann, Tim Hudson, and Paul Maholm after this season), Frank Wren would be willing to part with a lot in order to put the younger Upton alongside the elder Upton in the Atlanta outfield.
Julio Teheran or Randall Delgado would be a starting point (if adding Teheran to the trade could be avoided, the idea becomes a lot sweeter), and prospects such as Nick Ahmed and Edward Salcedo would probably also be components.
Obviously Upton would make Atlanta one of the leading World Series contenders, but what must be considered is the extensions that Jason Heyward and Martin Prado are in line for.
If Atlanta is already a contender, would bringing Upton aboard at the expense of ensuring that Heyward and Prado are Braves for a very long time be worth it?
That's the crux of the matter.