The Oakland Athletics just pulled off a blockbuster trade and are already looking to make another one. They are in talks with the Atlanta Braves about Justin Upton and Evan Gattis.
#Athletics talking with #Braves about Justin Upton, Evan Gattis sources say. Jeff Samardzija may be the bait.
— John Hickey (@JHickey3) November 29, 2014
The Braves would want a lot for both of those guys and I think the Braves will be targeting Sonny Gray, but I don’t think that the Athletics will be willing to give him up.
Some people have said that Jeff Samardzija is the trade bait, but I don’t see why the Braves would give up a one year bat for a one year pitcher. I think that getting Upton for Samardzija is wishful thinking for Oakland fans.
Oakland is looking for some bats after struggling in the second half of the season last year. The Braves biggest priority seems to be young pitchers, even though they were horrible all year at the plate. Oakland will have to give up a lot to get both of these players. In my opinion I can see only one of the two getting traded to the A’s, with Gattis being the more likely candidate.