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Do Braves have a 'Plan B' for B.J. Upton? Not Really

Do the Braves have a Plan B in case B.J. Upton's struggles continue? Maybe, but it's not really a good one.

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The Atlanta Braves tried hard to move struggling outfielder B.J. Upton during the offseason but to this point have been unsuccessful to do so. More and more it looks like Upton will be back in center field for Atlanta when the 2015 regular season gets underway.

The Braves are desperate for Upton to make adjustments and give some sort of positive return on what is arguably the worst free agent deal the franchise has ever given out. However, if he continues to struggle, Atlanta won't be as patient this time around and won't keep feeding him consistent at bats according to a report by the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

Privately, the Braves are saying they will not tolerate more of the same and keep feeding Upton consistent at-bats. In fact, Upton has fallen so far that Atlanta would consider a Plan B that is a platoon between Yankees castoff Zoilo Almonte and Todd Cunningham, whose eight major league at-bats came in 2013.

That isn't exactly an endearing Plan B. Almonte hit just .211 in 149 plate appearances while Cunningham has eight career major league at-bats. That is why Atlanta is pinning its hopes on new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer to be able to work some magic with Upton this time around.

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