On Sunday Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported that the Atlanta Braves were kicking the tires on the idea of promoting catching prospect Christian Bethancourt from Triple-A Gwinnett and moving Evan Gattis to left field.
The ramifications of this move would be that B.J. Upton and his $75 million contract would be on the bench as Justin Upton would move to right field and Jason Heyward would take over in center. Combine B.J. Upton’s $13.45 million salary with Dan Uggla’s $13 million salary and the Braves could be looking at a $26.45 million bill for a pair of pinch-hitters.
Upton is hitting .213 with an on-base percentage of .284 so far this season. He has struck out a team-high 85 times, while walking just 26.
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Bethancourt, who would be a defensive upgrade behind the plate from Gattis, is hitting .278 with three home runs and 30…
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