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|Subject: Re: Braves Go Upton||Date: 12/4/2012 10:34 AM|
|Author: bdluckyshot||Number: 48309 of 51230|
But he slugged 28 homers in 2012 and plays outstanding defense in center field — not as well as Michael Bourn, the man he will replace, but close. The Braves were an NL East contender in 2012, and Upton, a Little League opponent of Ryan Zimmerman, will only help them take aim at the Nationals in 2013.
Upton, 28, will replace Michael Bourn, another free agent, providing the Braves with elite defense in center field and a much-needed right-handed presence.
Upton, as you all probably know now, has great speed and is a good defender, with power that comes and goes. He should easily be an offensive upgrade over Michael Bourn (who we can probably assume is on his way out now), while losing a little bit with the glove and one bases. But that’s only because Bourn is one of the best defenders and baserunners in the game. With Martin Prado, Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons in the fold, Upton should continue to keep the Braves’ team defense on a “sick nasty” level. And given the way Braves fans treated Heyward, an extremely talented player who underachieved due to nothing more than injury, I’m sure that Upton’s reputation for not exhibiting Brett Lawrie-esque levels of insane, self-destructive on-field intensity and showy effort will go over EXTREMELY WELL in Atlanta.
Right. The Braves are really going into the tank with Upton.
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