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Remember, if you split him into two, there were 2 HOF players left.
That line from last year looks like a 'walk year, trade some walks for homers' effort. Career highs in HR and strikeouts, career low in walks.
Extremely, extremely unlikely. The Nationals look set to keep Harper in centerfield, where he shows every indication of becoming a legitimately plus-defender (he has the tools, it's just about the learning curve). If they fail to re-sign Adam LaRoche (or fail to sign/trade for a suitable replacement) then Mike Morse will move to 1B and they'll most likely give Tyler Moore a chance to earn the starter's job in LF.
I also think Upton just as easily bats fifth while Dan Uggla strikes out swinging in the seventh spot.
The problem with Uggla's contract is that he's locked in for his 33 and 34 year old season as well.
Pull the trigger, Frank -- reunite the Upton boys.
Upton, B (CF)
Upton, J (LF)
I wonder... what would it cost the Braves?
But with the Winter Meetings preparing to start on Monday, the trade market could certainly begin heating up. This could help the Braves gauge what kind of market there is for Tommy Hanson, who won 13 games this past season and was heralded as the game’s top pitching prospect just three years ago.
By trading Hanson, the Braves could free up approximately $4 million and increase their options in their search to find another outfielder. This could open the door to negotiate with free-agent Shane Victorino, who could play left field and hit leadoff. Victorino will likely get a three-year deal worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $27 million.
Another interesting potential trade for the Braves could involve Justin Upton, who will be at Turner Field today for his older brother’s press conference. If the D-backs end up deciding they are going to trade the younger Upton, the Braves could certainly show some interest. But to be in position to complete this deal, they would likely have to trade Hanson or free up a portion of their payroll in another manner.
Arizona is obsessed with adding a young shortstop for Upton. It'd probably take Simmons.
I know BJ is younger, but do Braves fans think Upton at $14M per year is great, but Uggla at $13M per year is terrible?
Simmons really had a nice burst onto the scene before getting hurt, but that just seemed so far over his head compared to minor league numbers and most scouting projections, I think I'd almost be giddy to do that if I were the Braves... and I say this as someone that had Simmons as a minor league roto keeper and plan to carry him over in 2013 as a keeper in the hopes that he proves me wrong. He just looks like Walt Weiss to me - which is certainly valuable, but not what I'd want out of dealing Justin Upton.
Uggla isn't hated because he makes $13M, he's hated because he bumped a fan favorite out of his position for no good reason and then proceded to hit .225 with embarrassingly bad defense.
Plus his tiny little arms are annoying.
It really comes down to a misunderstanding of the importance of batting average. So Upton may be seen in the same light.
I'm not a Braves fan, but I live in Atlanta, and my impression of the reaction to the Uggla signing is that Joe Average Braves Fan was all for it.
This makes him the highest-paid CF ever, no?
This makes him the highest-paid CF ever, no? Twitterverse points out that the only OFs to be paid more are Jason Bay, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Lee, but I feel like that list is missing some names.
Twitterverse points out that the only OFs to be paid more are Jason Bay, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Lee, but I feel like that list is missing some names.
Player WAR/pos OPS+ Rfield G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPSChris Young 11.7 103 45 413 1686 1476 219 359 95 3 61 203 190 363 8 17 58 19 .243 .331 .436 .766B.J. Upton 6.4 110 -30 453 1883 1669 250 404 94 11 69 221 183 494 7 42 109 27 .242 .317 .436 .753
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