Over the past few weeks, it has seemed like the Braves would go to Spring Training with their current roster. But the D-backs are running out of potential places to trade Justin Upton, and there is once again reason to at least wonder if the Braves could add another Upton to their outfield mix.
After signing a five-year, $75.25 million contract with the Braves in November, B.J. Upton said that he and his younger brother, Justin, had discussed the possibility of playing together in Atlanta. Their hope was fueled by the fact that for the second time in a span of four months, there were rumors that the D-backs would be willing to trade Justin Upton.
While the Braves have been considered a potential suitor, they have not necessarily been considered a favorite to land Upton. But the scene was altered on Thursday night, when Upton rejected a trade to the Mariners and the Rangers reportedly decided they will no longer attempt to land the D-backs outfielder.
With Upton becoming more disenchanted with returning to Arizona and the D-backs running out of options, the odds of two Uptons playing in Atlanta next year have improved.
Financially, the Braves could afford Upton, who would be owed $9.75 million in 2013, $14.25 million in '14 and $14.5 million in '15.
The Braves have approximately $12 million to spend on their payroll for the 2013 season. The money owed to Justin Upton during the 2014 and '15 seasons would essentially replace the salary that has been paid to Brian McCann, who is likely entering his final season in Atlanta.
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