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B.J. Upton | Outfielder

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that it's "unlikely" that B.J. Upton will be traded this offseason, as teams do not want to pay the remainder of his contract.
It's understandable, as Upton is owed $46.35 million over the next three years. This, coupled with the fact that he hit just .198/.279/.314 over the last two seasons, makes Upton an incredibly difficult candidate to move. Compounding matters is the fact that according to O'Brien, the Braves don't want to "give away [catcher Evan] Gattis to get rid of [Upton]." Dec 17 - 3:50 PM

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ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves "have been pitching B.J. Upton to other clubs."

It would have to be a swap of bad contracts, as Upton has hit just .198/.279/.314 over the last two seasons with the Braves and is still owed $46.35 million over the next three years. Perhaps he might revive his career with a change of scenery.
Nov 11 - 6:49 PM

B.J. Upton is not in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

The elder Upton brother continues to find himself out of the lineup more often than he has been in it in recent weeks. Emilio Bonifacio is once again drawing the start in center field and will hit eighth against rookie hurler Lisalverto Bonilla.
Sep 13 - 11:18 AM

B.J. Upton was benched for the third straight game Tuesday in favor of Emilio Bonifacio.

It's the first time this season Upton hasn't been in the lineup for three games in a row. Upton has managed just five hits in his last 31 at-bats to push his batting line for the year down to .206/.284/.327. The Braves are expected to try to trade Upton this winter in what will likely be a deal involving the exchange of bad contracts.
Sep 10 - 9:02 AM

B.J. Upton launched a two-run homer and drew two walks in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

His two-run shot was his 10th longball of the season. Upton has had an awful batting line (.207/.285/.330) again this season, but he's at least provided some pop and speed with the 10 dingers and 19 stolen bases.
Sep 3 - 3:43 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves will try to trade B.J. Upton this winter.

The Braves reportedly discussed a swap of bad contracts with the Cubs involving Edwin Jackson and O'Brien writes that talks could be revisited during the offseason. Moving Upton won't be easy, as he still has $47 million remaining on his contract, but O'Brien writes that they could include Mike Minor or cover some of the remaining salary in order to get something done. For what it's worth, O'Brien calls it a "fait accompli" that Upton will be moved by spring training next season.
Aug 26 - 4:11 PM

B.J. Upton is not in Monday's lineup against the Pirates.

The Braves didn't get into Pittsburgh until early this morning, so Fredi Gonzalez will use the opportunity to give Upton a breather. Emilio Bonifacio will make the start in center field and bat eighth. Meanwhile, Jason Heyward will hit leadoff.
Aug 18 - 5:08 PM

B.J. Upton ripped a solo home run and drew a walk in four plate appearances, but the Braves lost to the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Upton took Dan Haren out to left field in the fourth inning for his ninth blast of the season, breaking a 1-1 tie in the process. The 29-year-old has not had much to write home about, including lately. On the season, he has a meager .211/.280/.336 slash line with 30 RBI and 18 stolen bases.
Aug 12 - 10:19 PM

B.J. Upton is not in the Braves starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Nationals.

Emilio Bonifacio is again drawing a start in center field and hitting leadoff for the Braves. Unless Upton starts making more consistent contact, he's in danger of losing more and more at-bats to the speedy utility man.
Aug 10 - 6:47 PM

B.J. Upton smacked a two-run homer Friday against the Nationals.

It was his first home run since June 24, a span of 142 plate appearances. The 29-year-old is batting just .212/.281/.333 over 107 games this season. Friday's home run aside, why Fredi Gonzalez continues to use him out of the leadoff spot is simply baffling.
Aug 9 - 12:21 AM

B.J. Upton went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored as the Braves beat the Padres 8-3 on Sunday.

Upton has found a home atop the Braves lineup, as he's now scored 22 runs in 28 games from the leadoff spot. He's also managed to put up a line resembling league average, hitting .243/.306/.360 in the top spot before Sunday's game. He's still striking out too much and isn't hitting for as much power as we're accustomed to seeing from Upton, but it's a start.
Jul 27 - 10:24 PM

B.J. Upton went 0-for-5 from the leadoff spot Monday in a loss to the Marlins.

Believe it or not, Upton has scored 15 runs in his 22 games as a leadoff man. Still, we're talking about a guy with a .270 OBP this season. It's ridiculous that he's getting set up to get more at-bats than everyone else in the Braves lineup.
Jul 21 - 11:24 PM

B.J. Upton collected a couple of singles and a walk Monday in the Braves' 5-3 win over the Mets.

The Braves got four of their runs in the eighth, when pitcher Jeurys Familia, center fielder Juan Lagares and third baseman Eric Campbell all committed errors. Apart from that, the Braves didn't really make any noise when they weren't getting help. Still, it was good enough. Upton has now hit in seven straight games, though this was his first multihit game of the streak (all of the rest were 1-for-4s or 1-for-5s). Even with the "surge," he ends the month hitting .198, dropping his overall average from .216 to .209.
Jun 30 - 11:33 PM

B.J. Upton went 1-for-4 with his seventh home run of the season as the Braves held on to beat the Astros 3-2 on Tuesday.

Upton hit a solo home run in the third inning, and his brother, Justin, hit a solo shot in the fourth. For B.J., the homer was his first since June 12. He'd also gone a stretch of eight games without an RBI before Tuesday. He's got just 22 RBI in 72 games this year.
Jun 25 - 12:02 AM

B.J. Upton will hit leadoff against the Astros on Tuesday.

It will be his first start out of the leadoff spot this season. It's an interesting choice given that Upton has just three hits in his last 23 at-bats and owns an underwhelming .202/.272/.327 batting line on the year, but Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't ready to give up on him yet. Tommy La Stella will bat second Tuesday.
Jun 24 - 3:44 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2Gerald Laird
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Phil Gosselin
3Jose Peraza
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kyle Kubitza
LF1Evan Gattis
2Ryan Doumit
3Zoilo Almonte
CF1B.J. Upton
2Emilio Bonifacio
3Jose Constanza
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Shelby Miller
4Alex Wood
5Yean Carlos Gil
6Tyrell Jenkins
7Williams Perez
8Chien-Ming Wang
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Shae Simmons
4James Russell
5David Hale
6Luis Avilan
7Juan Jaime
8Chasen Shreve
9Jim Johnson
10Arodys Vizcaino
11Michael Kohn
12Ian Thomas
13Brandon Cunniff
14Donnie Veal