The Giants are trying to get creative with holes to fill in left field and third base, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that they are in talks with the Braves about a trade for Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.
There have only been preliminary talks thus far, but Nightengale hears that neither club is “overly optimistic” that a deal will ultimately be reached. Part of this is because the Braves have doubts about whether the Giants have the prospects to get it done.
Upton, 27, is owed $14.5 million next season before hitting free agency. Meanwhile, Johnson is guaranteed $23.5 million through 2017. That’s a big price to pay for someone who batted just .263/.292/.361 with 10 home runs and 58 RBI this past season. It’s believed that the asking price in prospects could be cheaper if teams take Johnson along with Upton.