Atlanta traded away outfielder Jason Heyward with one season remaining on his contract and now the Braves are apparently looking to do the same with outfielder Justin Upton.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Braves “are very much shopping” the 27-year-old Upton and “are requesting a higher return than they received” for the 25-year-old Heyward, which was Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins from the Cardinals.
Upton is owed $14.5 million for 2015 and is coming off a season in which he hit .270 with 29 homers and an .833 OPS. His defense, however, consistently rates poorly by advanced metrics. Overall he ranked 18th among all MLB outfielders in Wins Above Replacement, sandwiched between Starling Marte of the Pirates and Nelson Cruz of the Orioles.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.