The Braves made baseball’s first big off season move when they agreed to terms with former Tampa Bay center fielder B.J. Upton on a five-year contract worth $75.25 million, the largest free-agent contract in franchise history.http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2012/11/28/braves-a...FuskieWho is not sure he is worth $15m/year but hopes he'll prove him wrong...
Upton is an excellent center fielder with outstanding range. Sometimes he will have a brain cramp and do things that make you want to pull your hair out, but he will also amaze you with some of the balls that he can flag down. Upton has a decent arm, but overestimates himself sometimes. At the plate, when he's cold, he will swing at a lot of really bad pitches and watch a whole lot of called third strikes right down the pipe, but when he's hot, he can carry a team for weeks at a time. Overall, Upton is a second to third tier player, but he will always seem like an underachiever because fans expect him to play at the "potential" level all the time. There will be lots of talk during the life of this deal where he will be ripped for underproducing that contract, but the Braves are a better team today than they were yesterday.
he Braves are a better team today than they were yesterday.I hope so. Hopefully Freddie can work on his discipline in the field and hitting coach Greg Walker can do the same at the plate. Defense, offence, and aggressive base running, I want it all in 2013 as for the first time, I renewed my quarter season tickets in November.FuskieWho notes we are still believed to have about $10m left to find a new lead-off hitter...
Fuskie wrote:The Braves made baseball’s first big off season move...First big off season move? Only if you ignore the month of November:http://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/article/1287457--blue...I guess news from outside Georgia doesn't get reported in Atlanta. Either that or I missed the sarcasm smiley. :-)Mathew
the 2013 Braves took a GIANT step backwards replacing Michael Bourne with BJ Upton...they went from the BEST defensive centerfielder in the league to one of the WORST...
the 2013 Braves took a GIANT step backwards replacing Michael Bourne with BJ Upton...they went from the BEST defensive centerfielder in the league to one of the WORST... You obviously aren't familiar with B.J. Upton and his defensive capabilities.
Bourne and Trout are the two best defensive center fielders in MLB, Upton is ranked in the bottom 1/3...Bourne blow Upton out of the water in defensive metrics...Career Ratings:UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating): Bourne 54.7, Upton 18.8...DRS (Defensive Runs Saved): Bourne +69, Upton -32...
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.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/201...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.http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/atlanta-braves-free-agent...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.http://crashburnalley.com/2012/11/28/b-j-upton-signs-with-br...Right. The Braves are really going into the tank with Upton.
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