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Braves continuing search for LF, leadoff man

Despite signing B.J. Upton to a five-year, $75.25 million contract earlier this off-season, the Braves still have pieces to add to their lineup.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Braves gave center fielder B.J. Upton the largest contract in franchise history, but they are still looking to add more pieces to their lineup, according to David O' Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

According to O'Brien, the Braves are still searching for a left fielder and a leadoff man for next season.

The Braves have reportedly explored the possibilities of trading for Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado's Dexter Fowler, Shin-Soo Choo of the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City's Alex Gordon for the leadoff spot, but have determined that the asking price from opposing teams is too high.

Atlanta has also considered Jason Kubel and Gerardo Parra, both from the Diamondbacks.

With the market for outfielders like Nick Swisher being as high as it is, Braves general manager Frank Wren told O'Brien that some of the contracts surprised the Braves, and they appreciate getting Upton for the rate that they did early in the free agency period. Now Atlanta needs to find one more outfielder to join him.

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