There will be more than one Upton in the Atlanta Braves
' outfield this season.
After signing B.J. Upton
to a free-agent deal this winter, the Braves acquired outfielder Justin Upton
in a seven-player deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks
on Thursday, ending months of speculation over where the 25-year-old would land.
Third baseman Chris Johnson
also went to Atlanta, while pitcher Randall Delgado
, infielder Martin Prado
and minor leaguers Nick Ahmed, Brandon Drury and Zeke Spruill head to Arizona.
Justin earlier invoked his limited no-trade rights to veto a trade that would've sent him to the Seattle Mariners
. The Texas Rangers were also reportedly interested, but wouldn't part with top prospect Jukickson Profar.
Atlanta's outfield will now feature two Uptons and rising star Jason Heyward
Justin was selected first overall in 2005, and made his debut in 2007 at age 19. He hit 17 home runs and batted .280 in 628 plate appearances last season. He has three years and $38.5 million left on his contract, including a $9.75 million salary in 2013.
The versatile Prado made the All-Star team in 2010 as a second baseman and played mostly in left field last year. He is expected to replace Johnson at third for the D-Backs.
Delgado, 23, will compete for a spot in Arizona's rotation. The righty went 4-9 with a 4.37 ERA in 18 appearances, 17 as a starter. He was 4-3 with a 4.06 ERA with Triple-A Gwinett last season.
---Free-agent pitcher Shaun Marcum
has signed a one-year deal with the New York Mets
, according to a CBSSports.com report. The agreement is pending a physical.
Marcum, 31, spent 2012 with the Milwaukee Brewers
, and went 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 124 innings. He was limited to 21 starts because of elbow tightness, forcing him to miss two months.
---The Tampa Bay Rays
have signed free-agent reliever Kyle Farnsworth
to a one-year contract, according to an ESPN.com reports.
Farnsworth, 36, will earn between $1.25-1.5 million plus incentives, according to a FOX Sports report. The right-hander spent the previous two seasons in Tampa Bay. He posted a 4.00 ERA in 27 innings in 2012. He saved 25 games the previous season.
Also, the Rays also re-signed 34-year-old Luke Scott
, according to the Tampa Bay Times reports. The lefty hit 14 homers and posted a .229 average in 344 plate appearances last season.
---The New York Mets remain interested in free-agent Michael Bourn
, but their interest is tempered by draft-pick compensation rules, according to a New York Daily News report.
A team that signs Bourn must surrender a draft pick, since Bourn declined the Braves' qualifying offer over the winter.
---The Chicago White Sox claimed pitcher Zach Stewart
off waivers Thursday, according to mlbtraderumors.com. He'd been designated for assignment last week by the Pittsburgh Pirates
to make room for Jeff Karstens
Stewart joins the White Sox organization for the second time. The team acquired him and Jason Frasor
in July of 2011. Stewart posted an 8.58 ERA with 35 2/3 innings for the White Sox and Red Sox last season.
---Free-agent outfielder Nyjer Morgan
has signed a $1.6 million contract with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan's Central League.
Morgan, 32, batted .239 in 322 plate appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers last season. He played all three outfield positions and stole 12 bases.
---Former major-leaguer Ben Petrick has returned to baseball as a consultant to the coaching staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks' short-season Class A affiliate, the Hillsboro Hops, the team announced.
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