Amid all the trade talk surrounding the Atlanta Braves pursuit of Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, another name has surfaced to fill the left field vacancy -- a more familiar name. Michael Bourn is still a free agent, and according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, Atlanta might have a good shot at getting him back. Some quotes from his article: Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, coach Terry Pendleton and a Brave star or two are believed to have reached out to Bourn, who was an extremely popular Braves player among the uniformed personnel. [...] The Braves' front office also very much likes the Uptons though, and the Braves have made an offer for Justin Upton that the Diamondbacks are said to be weighing only a couple months after signing older brother B.J. Upton. We have seen this supposed split between what the front office and Frank Wren wants and what the coaches and Fredi Gonzalez wants before. Most notably this divide was evident at the end of spring training last year, with Wren preferring to start shortstop Tyler Pastornicky, and Gonzalez preferring to go with Andrelton Simmons. In just about all of these reported disputes the front office has had their way.
Braves Manager, Players Reach Out To Michael Bourn
Talking Chop | Jan 24