Mariners interested in J. Upton?
The Mariners are focused on adding a bat to their lineup to help protect Robinson Cano, and Justin Upton could be a possibility, writes CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
While Victor Martinez and Hanley Ramirez are Seattle’s top two targets, Upton is an intriguing possibility.
Upton has been said to be available in a a trade, as well as fellow Braves outfielder Jason Heyward — both of whom will be free agents following the 2015 season.
Upton, according to Heyman’ sources, has dropped the Mariners from his no-trade list.
A power bat the caliber of Upton’s would fit perfectly in the Mariners’ outfield, which consisted of — from left to right — Dustin Ackley, Austin Jackson and Michael Saunders last season.
— Cash Kruth