Though their priority at the moment is on pitching, the Rangers have inquired about Braves outfielder Justin Upton, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Having already traded Jason Heyward, the Braves are now shopping Upton, though they are reportedly asking for more in return than they got for Heyward, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Astros have also asked about Upton.
The Rangers prefer to bolster the roster through trades as opposed to free agency. However, they have designated prospects Joey Gallo and Jorge Alfaro as “untouchable“.
Upton, 27, is entering the final year of his six-year, $51.25 million contract extension signed in March 2010 with the Diamondbacks. He had another productive season for the Braves in 2014, batting .270/.342/.491 with 29 home runs and 102 RBI. Upton will certainly be in the market for a rich, multi-year contract in free agency if he isn’t extended by the team he may be traded to eventually.