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By SI Wire
August 25, 2014

The Chicago Cubs rejected a trade offer that would have sent pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder B.J. Upton, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

The two teams reportedly discussed the deal before the trade deadline on July 31.

Jackson still has about $24 million left on his deal that runs through the 2016 season, and Upton is owed around $50 million of a $75.25 million contract through 2017. 

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Both players have struggled so far this year. 

Jackson is 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA in 26 starts and 139 innings for Chicago, who are in last place in the National League Central.

Upton is batting .205 with nine home runs, 31 RBI and a .280 on-base percentage this season. He leads the major leagues in strikeouts. 

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