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8 Justin Upton RF
Height/Weight: 6-2/220 | Birthdate: 8/25/1987 | Birthplace: Norfolk, VA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Atlanta | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $9,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/95 | Average Draft Position: 65.26
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Report: M's have discussed trades for Kemp, Cespedes, Upton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) The Mariners have discussed trades on multiple right-handed hitting outfielders, including Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Braves outfielder Justin Upton, according to FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi.

All three players have been mentioned in trade rumors, and the Cespedes speculation has picked up in the last day with the Red Sox signing Hanley Ramirez, who is expected to move to the outfield. Cespedes and Upton are in the final year of their contracts, while Kemp is signed through 2019.


Report: Rangers, Astros have inquired about Justin Upton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Rangers have inquired about Braves outfielder Justin Upton, according to FOX Sports. The New York Post reported over the weekend the Astros have also inquired about Upton.

According to FOX Sports, the Rangers have shown interest in Upton in the past, but their current offseason focus is more on pitching.


Report: Braves outfielder Justin Upton 'will be moved'


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Braves are looking to trade outfielder Justin Upton, and sources have indicated it’s only a matter of time before he is dealt.

“Justin Upton will be moved,” said another team executive, per the New York Post.

However, if any team is going to trade for Upton, the price will not be cheap. Reports have shown the Braves are asking for more in return than what they received for Jason Heyward.

Upton will make $14.5 million in 2015 and then become a free agent. In 2014, Upton hit .270 with 29 home runs and 102 RBI.

Report: Cruz, Kemp, Upton higher targets for M's than Ramirez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) While the Mariners look to add a right-handed hitter to their lineup, it appears they are more interested in signing free agent Nelson Cruz or trading for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp than signing free agent Hanley Ramirez, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. Braves outfielder Justin Upton also appears to be higher on the Mariners' wish list than Ramirez.

Report: Mariners 'strong suitor' for Braves OF Justin Upton


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) After the Braves traded Jason Heyward to the Cardinals on Monday, it appears as if outfielder Justin Upton could be the next man to leave Atlanta, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today on Monday. Per Nightengale, the Mariners are a strong suitor to acquire the 27-year-old right fielder.

Amid recent reports, president of baseball operations John Hart said he's still willing to have Upton back next season, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"As we sit here today, there certainly is a good chance Justin is back with us next year," Hart said.

Upton batted .270 with 29 homers and 102 RBI in 566 at-bats in 2014.


Justin Upton goes yard Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton belted his 28th home run Wednesday against the Pirates.

Upton struck in the bottom of the fourth inning. With a man on base, Upton hit an 80 mph changeup out to left for the two-run shot. He would also walk and single during the contest. Upton finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Justin Upton goes yard in defeat to Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Braves left fielder Justin Upton continued to produce Tuesday on a team in the midst of major offensive woes. He clobbered a two-run homer in the sixth inning - his 27th of the season - but it only served to tighten the gap in an eventual loss to Washington.

Upton ranks fifth in the National League with a .512 slugging percentage.


Justin Upton returns to Friday's lineup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton was back in the lineup Friday against the Marlins, after missing the team's previous game due to a bruised triceps. He is in his usual spot in the lineup Friday, batting fourth and starting in left field after missing one game. 

Justin Upton indicates belief that Kyle Kendrick throwing at him


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Braves slugger Justin Upton has grown a bit suspicious of Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick, whose pitch Tuesday night was responsible for a bruised left triceps and absence from the Wednesday lineup.

"You saw him for seven innings, he didn't miss his spots," Upton told MLB.com. "That's the second time he's hit me in that same exact spot. I guess he only misses his spots against me."

Upton has been hit by a pitch five times this season. The last three were hurled by Kendrick.


Justin Upton a no-go Wednesday with triceps issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Braves slugger Justin Upton is out of the Wednesday lineup against Philadelphia with a triceps bruise after a hit-by-pitch knocked him out of the Tuesday night game. He is considered day-to-day.

Upton has been in a mild 7-for-36 slide since tearing it up at the plate most of August.


Justin Upton exits game Tuesday with bruised triceps


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton was removed from Tuesday's game due to a left triceps contusion, the team announced.

Upton was hit by a pitch in the first inning but initially remained in the game, grounding out in the bottom of the fourth. He came out before the sixth inning, finishing 0 for 1. Upton has hit .285/.359/.515 with 26 home runs and 91 RBI in 487 at-bats. He's day to day moving forward.


Justin Upton homers, drives in three in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton snapped out of a two-game hitless skid with a big performance in a 5-2 win over the Marlins Friday.

Upton went 2 for 4 in the game, and played a big role in the win. He put the Braves up in the sixth inning with a two-run home run, and then provided key insurance runs in the seventh with an RBI single to finish with three RBI.

Upton ranks third in the National League with 26 home runs and second with 91 RBI, while hitting .288/.362/.524 in 129 games. 


Justin Upton drives in three


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton drove in three runs Thursday against the Reds.

Upton singled in two runs in the third inning, and drove in another on a sac fly. He finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and three RBI. Upton also walked during the contest. 


Justin Upton homers, drives in five in 1,000th game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton went 2 for 4 with a walk, a home run and five RBI in his team's 11-3 win over the Pirates Tuesday.

Playing in his 1,000th career game, Upton blasted a three-run home run in the third inning to blow open the doors on a Braves rout. He added two more RBI with a bases-loaded single in the fifth to increase the lead to 10-1. Upton has hit .287/.363/.522 with 24 home runs, 80 RBI and seven stolen bases in 439 at-bats.


Justin Upton overcomes hamstring problem to tater Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Justin Upton must have been healthy Friday night or he did a wonderful impression of a guy who was.

One night after being removed from the game with a hamstring issue, he returned for the Braves against Oakland and cranked out the first of their two home runs in the second inning to give him seven RBI in the last six games, as well as a six-game hitting streak. Upton sweetened his slugging percentage to .509 - its highest point in August - with the performance.


Justin Upton back in the lineup Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton is back in the team's lineup for Friday's game against the Athletics, after leaving Thursday's with a left hamstring injury. Upton is batting fourth and starting in left field, his normal spots.  

Mild hamstring strain ends game for Justin Upton


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) The Braves have announced that the injury that knocked outfielder Justin Upton out of the Thursday game against the Dodgers is a mild left hamstring strain. He is considered day-to-day.

Upton has been on a roll with eight RBI in the last seven games, including the two he earned on a double right before he went down.


Justin Upton removed from Thursday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Braves slugger Justin Upton has been removed from the Thursday game against the Dodgers after doubling in two runs. Brother B.J. Upton has replaced him.

The team has yet to announce why he was taken out of the game, though it did occur after he slid into third base, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution, leading to fears of a leg injury.


Justin Upton reaches two milestones with one swing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton crossed off two milestones with one swing of the bat Sunday night against the Nationals.

Upton took starter Gio Gonzalez deep for a solo home run in the fourth inning, tallying his 1,000 career hit and 500th career RBI. He finished 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI in a 3-1 win. He is hitting .279 with 21 homers and 67 RBI in 408 at-bats.


Justin Upton goes deep in defeat of Washington


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Braves slugger Justin Upton got his team off on the right track Friday against Washington with a two-run homer in the first inning. He added a walk in the win.

Upton ended a mini-slump of 2 for 16 with the blast, which helped improve his stat line to .281/.351/.502.


Justin Upton slugs 19th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton had a big game Wednesday, going 3 for 4 with a double and a solo home run in his team's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers.

After the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth, Upton came through with a no-doubt, leadoff home run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. While it was just his third home run in July, Upton has hit .287/.354/.511 with 19 home runs, 62 RBI and seven stolen bases in 376 at-bats.


Justin Upton makes it into lineup Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton made it into the starting lineup Monday against the Marlins after leaving Sunday's game due to triceps tightness. Upton is batting .347 (17 for 49) with a .411 on-base percentage, .551 slugging percentage, .962 OPS, one home run, seven doubles and nine RBI in his last 13 games.

Justin Upton leaves game due to triceps injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton left Sunday's game against the Phillies due to triceps tightness. He is day to day.

Upton was 2 for 2 with a double and two runs before leaving the game. Upton is batting .347 (17 for 49) with one home run, seven doubles and nine RBI in his last 13 games.


Justin Upton has 18 RBI in last 21 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton has totaled at least three RBI twice in his last nine games, including a season-best four RBI Saturday against the Cubs. Upton had a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning and an RBI single in the ninth inning.

Upton went into the All-Star break having hit .296 with a .359 on-base percentage, .481 slugging percentage and .840 OPS in his last 21 games. He totaled three home runs, six doubles, nine runs and 18 RBI in that span.

Upton has proven to be a strong second-half performer in the past. He has a .280 average, .484 slugging percentage and .835 OPS in his career after the All-Star break. Last season, he hit .275 with 11 doubles, 11 home runs and 25 RBI in 61 games after the break.


Justin Upton slugs 17th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 10-4 win over the Diamondbacks Saturday.

Upton hadn't homered in his previous nine games before driving in two runs with his sixth-inning blast Saturday. His first RBI of the game came earlier on a sacrifice fly. Upton has hit .275/.347/.507 with 17 home runs, 50 RBI and seven stolen bases in 298 at-bats.