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Braves Trade Rumors: B.J. Upton Risks Don't Scare Atlanta

Some haven't considered Tampa outfielder as a viable candidate to be acquired by the Atlanta Braves citing a perceived questionable attitude and work ethic. Braves beat writer David O'Brien reports via twitter that Fredi Gonzalez would not be opposed to adding a player with "baggage" saying that the Braves clubhouse usually sorts those kinds of problems out. 

Regarding Upton's "baggage", #Braves' Fredi G made it clear he wouldn't care about adding player with "baggage," said he's seen in past when players with questions about attitude or whatever have fit in great in Braves clubhouse, and cited Sheffield as example.

Sheffield is a good example of a player that came to Atlanta with a history and had relatively no problems in Atlanta. Sheffield often referred to former Braves manager Bobby Cox as the best manager he had ever played for. 

Gonzalez had a high profile dust up with a player as manager of the Marlins when he benched shortstop Hanley Ramirez for not hustling in a game. Ramirez ripped Gonzalez publicly and the situation never did completely go away and may have factored into Gonzalez's departure from the club. 

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