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Upton brothers could play together in Atlanta

By January 24, 2013

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If you look at the first-round draft history, there are just two families that jump out at you with brothers who were considered can't-miss prospects.

First came the Drew brothers -- J.D., Tim and Stephen. J.D. (picked 5th overall in 1998) was the oldest and the most hyped, Tim (picked 28th overall in 1997) had a couple cups of coffee with the Indians, Expos and Braves and Stephen (picked 15th overall in 2004)  is still in the majors with the Boston Red Sox. Since all three made the majors, you can't call them busts. Stephen still has a chance to be the best of all three, although J.D. had a few decent seasons.

And then came the Upton brothers  -- B.J. and Justin. They were even picked higher, with B.J. going No. 2 overall to Tampa Bay in 2002 and Justin going No. 1 overall to the Diamondbacks in 2005. B.J. was a big part of the Rays' best teams, but his best season was his first full one in the majors five years ago, when he hit .300 with 24 homers. Justin blitzed through the Diamondbacks organization and has hit for a better average and a little more pop.

Unlike the Drews, the Uptons never switched teams until this offseason, when B.J. became a free agent and signed with the Atlanta Braves for five years and $75.25 million. Justin is in the fourth year of a six-year, $51.5 million deal with Arizona, but he's been criticized by the Diamondbacks front office in the past, and it might be best for a fresh start.

And the rumors are flying that the Uptons could be under the same roof if the Braves can pull off a deal. ESPN's Buster Olney writes that the talks are serious.

"Wow these [trade] rumors have me excited. Please don't tease me like this... Would be a dream come true if it happens," B.J. Upton said on Twitter.

It wouldn't be the first brother act on the same team, of course. There have been plenty -- Sandy and Roberto Alomar, Hank and Tommie Aaron, Dizzy and Paul Dean, Bengie and Jose Molina, Pedro and Ramon Martinez, Cal and Billy Ripken, Joe and Phil Niekro, and even Jose and Ozzie Canseco.

If the trade goes through, Atlanta could one of the best in that group.


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