Infante among players Braves could add before deadline

The Braves could add a center fielder in the form of B.J. Upton or Michael Bourn before today’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline.  There is also a chance they could welcome Omar Infante back to their clubhouse and enhance their bullpen depth with the acquisition of a right-handed reliever.

Before placing their two centerfielders Nate McLouth and Jordan Schafer on the disabled list this week, the Braves were looking for a right-handed hitter who could play each of the outfield positions.  This was something the versatile Infante provided them before they traded him to the Marlins in exchange for played for Dan Uggla in November.

With the Marlins currently in Atlanta preparing to wrap up a three-game series, Infante could change clubhouses before the end of the day.  Multiple Major League sources said the Braves and Marlins have had multiple conversations regarding Infante.

The Braves have also had multiple conversations with the Rays over the past couple weeks about Upton, who like Bourn, could play center and serve as their leadoff hitter for the remainder of the season.

Hitting .304 with a .364 on-base percentage and 39 stolen bases, Bourn provides more certainty than Upton, who has hit .228 with a .310 on-base percentage, 16 homers and 23 stolen bases.

But the Braves would likely have to give up more to get Bourn than they would to add Upton.    —  Mark Bowman


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