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Justin Upton has by far the most pros and the most cons of all the potential options that have some connection to the Braves this winter. The 25 year-old is a potential MVP candidate, but is coming off a very disappointing 2012 season.
The pros of adding him are obvious, as he was an All-Star at the age of 21 while he posted a .300 average and .899 OPS to go with 26 homers. He's a player capable of hitting .300 with 30+ homers and 20 steals annually, and comes at a very affordable rate for his talent. That means that Upton would help the team and potentially ticket sales as well.
Another thing that could make Upton attractive to Frank Wren is that he may get recharged by a trade to the Braves. The trade would give Upton a change of scenery and he'd get a chance to play with his older brother B.J. Those two factors could really help him reach his maximum potential.
The cons are that Upton would bring a level of risk. The biggest risk is his production, as he has been up and down for the last four seasons. Upton had big seasons in both 2009 and 2011, but in the following years he saw a big drop in his numbers. The drop in 2012 came due to a thumb injury that bothered him all season, and there is a chance that could have some effect on Upton going forward.
In addition to costing a huge package of prospects and young big-league talent, Upton's salary is big enough to eat up the remainder of the team's payroll and limit the ability of the front office to go out and get someone at the deadline if necessary.