The Atlanta Braves missed out on signing Torii Hunter, but according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, they still have their sights set on top free agent target B.J. Upton.
Atlanta has two openings in its outfield with Michael Bourn’s free agency and Chipper Jones retirement, which has forced the team to shift Martin Prado to third.
But the Braves will have some competition, and will have to sharpen their pencil if they want to beat out the Phillies, Nationals and Rangers who have all been mentioned as possible Upton suitors.
At 28, Upton is just entering his prime, and after hitting 246/.298/.454 last season with 31 stolen bases, he is sure to be one of the most sought after free agents,
And while he may not be an exact replacement for Bourn in the leadoff spot, he would provide power and defense in center field. A desirable combination for any team.