Upton a Brave

Free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton has agreed to a five-year deal worth about $75 million with the Atlanta Braves, pending a physical, a baseball source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick on Wednesday.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Greenville Braves says:

    So can we infer that the Uggla contract is on the way out via some sort of trade?

  2. That would be an extremely optimistic view of things.

  3. PepeFreeUs says:

    I want to go on record as approving of this signing.

    Bowman calls it the Braves’ most significant since Maddux. I would’ve said Jordan (which this one reminds me of, very much) but that’s a quibble.

  4. Good defender, good basestealer, has some pop in his bat. Other than that, you’ve got a lot of negatives. He’s very streaky, hasn’t hit above .250 in four years, doesn’t draw a lot of walks, and is guaranteed to have over 150 Ks. I suppose Wren wanted a RHB to be able to break up the lefthandedness in the middle of the order. But I don’t see Upton as a good middle of the order batter. I hope I’m wrong.

  5. rankin' rob says:

    I remember wanting us to sign Carl Crawford, which would’ve been a disaster. I’ve been cool to this one so maybe it will work out right. I give FW credit for making a move. We’ll have a shitload of strikeouts at bat this season. That’s really rich, the notion of getting rid of Uggla. He’s ours until the terms run out.

  6. tbone82 says:

    Strikeouts yes, but probably no more than in 2012 (depending on who plays LF/3B)…Bourn certainly had more than his share. We basically lost some on base/batting average ability and a little speed in favor of power in this deal.

  7. roadrunner48 says:

    This is a hell of a lot of money to spend on such a flawed player.

  8. PepeFreeUs says:

    Not really, at least by current MLB standards.

  9. Tokyokie says:

    I thought it might take $17M/year and 6 years to get him, so I guess he’s a bargain from that perspective.

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