Braves could listen to offers for Upton, Heyward this winter

Fresh off just their third losing season since 1991, the Braves could be in position to enter full rebuilding mode in 2015. Braves beat reporter Mark Bowman speculates that the possibility exists for the club to try and move both Justin Upton and Jason Heyward this offseason in an effort to restock the farm system. Though nothing is in the works right now, it certainly makes sense from a logistical standpoint.

Again, this is purely speculation at this point, but both players are entering the final year of their contracts in 2015 and could exit via free agency following next season.

Instead of risking losing each player with only a draft pick as compensation next year, the Braves — who finished 79-83 and 17 games back in the NL East — could try to move one or both players this winter in exchange for prospects.

Entering full rebuilding mode is never an easy decision for a storied franchise such as the Braves, but this is a team that hasn’t won a postseason series since the 2001 NLDS. They haven’t advanced to the World Series since 1999 or won the Fall Classic since ’95.

As for the business side of things, Upton is owed $14.5 million next season, while Heyward is due to make $7.8 million. With that in mind, as well as the likelihood that Upton would garner a stronger return, the Braves would be more likely to listen to offers for him over Heyward, if they choose to trade just one.

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