The Atlanta Braves declined a trade offer from the Texas Rangers over the weekend for Andrelton Simmons, USA Today reports, and Danny Knobler tweeted that the Rangers were willing to give up their top prospect in the deal.
The Braves weren't about to part with Simmons and send yet another shortstop to Texas, who already has Elvis Andrus by way of the Mark Teixeira deal in 2007. And Texas is unwilling to part with Andrus or prospect Jurickson Profar.
Texas was, however, willing to part ways with power hitting corner outfielder and infielder Mike Olt, who hit 28 homers at Double-A Fresno last season.
The Rangers planned to use Simmons in yet another deal to get Justin Upton from the Arizona Diamondbacks, presumably to replace Josh Hamilton in left field. The Braves had previously expressed interest in Upton, but they will not part with Simmons to fill their left field need.
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