Atlanta Braves: Has B.J. Upton Found His New Home in Atlanta?

Jason AmareldCorrespondent IINovember 27, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Outfielder B.J. Upton #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays gives an interview just after the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field on October 3, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The Braves seem to be on the brink of bringing another talented center fielder to Atlanta as the winter meeting nears.'s Mark Bowman has recently reported that B.J's Upton's interest in playing for the Atlanta Braves has "seemed to soar" following his meeting with Braves' management a few weeks ago.

On another bright note, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reported that Upton will be looking to sign with a team this week, which can also play as an advantage for the Braves.

All this is great news for Braves fans; the only things that seems to be standing in their way are their division rivals the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies.

As far as the Nats are concerned, they still have not figured out if Adam LaRoche will be back with the team moving forward, and any decision that would have been made to acquire Upton seems to depend on whether or not they bring back LaRoche.

The delay on the decision about LaRoche has played out well for the Braves and almost eliminated Washington from the race.

Now for the Phillies, who we all know have much deeper pockets than the Braves and are desperate for a right-handed power bat that can play center field.

Upton would fit well into what the Phillies need, and his decision will most likely come down to money and length of his contract.

If the Phillies cannot acquire Upton, they are going to try their best to jack up their price as much as they can in order to limit what the Braves can do for the rest off the offseason.


The Braves have a lot more young talent than any of Upton's other options.

If he wants a chance to play on a team full of young all-stars, he'll choose Atlanta.  But if he wants to cash in on a big payday, the Phillies, or another team, may have the advantage. 

As the dust settles, it seems more and more likely that Upton will be making his way north to Atlanta. He would fit in well there and help balance out an already potent Braves line up.