The Atlanta Braves still haven’t ruled out adding another
high-profile outfielder this winter, including free agent Michael Bourn and Arizona
Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton, according to David O’Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Neither Justin Upton nor Michael Bourn has
been ruled out by the Braves, though Bourn still seems unlikely given that he
would have to take far less money and a much shorter contract than what Scott
Boras continues to seek despite the seemingly diminished market for the
speedy leadoff man and center fielder.
O’Brien says that Atlanta has the payroll room to add
another “significant salary,” adding that Wren has spoken with Bourn’s agent
Scott Boras recently. However, they haven’t started negotiations involving
Bourn, as his price tag will likely have to come down before the Braves consider
O’Brien also notes that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez
recently reached out to Bourn, though Atlanta’s skipper will not confirm or
deny this report.
The Braves have already added B.J. Upton this offseason, and
O’Brien thinks there’s a chance the club could also acquire his brother. He
doesn’t expect this to happen if Arizona’s asking price hasn’t dropped from
where it was in the deal agreed upon with the Seattle Mariners.
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