Braves sign Upton to 5-year, $75 million deal

The Braves made baseball’s first big offseason 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.

The deal was agreed to Wednesday and became official Thursday after Upton passed a physical exam. He will be introduced at a 2 p.m. Thursday news conference at Turner Field.

Upton had already changed the avatar on his Twitter page to a Braves script “A” by early Wednesday evening, long before the Braves made an announcement.

Upton, 28, has spent his entire career with the Rays and hit .246 with a personal-best 28 homers along with 31 stolen bases in 2012. He will provide the Braves a badly needed right-handed presence in the middle of the lineup and team with right fielder Jason Heyward to give them a pair with the potential to go 30-30 (homers and stolen bases).

In a press release announcing the signing on Thursday, Braves general manager Frank Wren said,B.J. is an outstanding defensive player who also adds the power dimension to our offense from the center field position. We have been working to increase the speed and athleticism across our team and B.J. gives us another young, dynamic player.”

The Winter Meetings aren’t until next week in Nashville, but the Braves have already filled their most glaring need by replacing All-Star center fielder Michael Bourn, who became a free agent and was expected to be too pricey for the Braves’ budget.

They gave Upton a deal that surpassed Derek Lowe’s previous team-record free agent deal of four years and $60 million, but was below what Bourn was likely to get.

The Braves still need to fill their left-field vacancy — the plan is for Martin Prado to move from left to third base to replace retired Chipper Jones — and also figure out the leadoff situation, since Upton is no longer the leadoff-type hitter he was earlier in his career.

The best leadoff hitter they’ve had in several years was Bourn. But he is a speed-centric player, and at age 30 the Braves didn’t want to sign Bourn to the long-term contract in excess of $15 million annually that agent Scott Boras seeks.

A source close to the situation said the Braves and Upton’s agent, Larry Reynolds, spent the day negotiating after Upton opted for the Braves over NL East rival Philadelphia, his other aggressive suitor. Upton wanted a sixth contract year, but the Braves would not do that.

Upton has increased his home-run totals each of the past four seasons, and has 51 homers and 159 RBIs over the past two seasons.

His given name is Melvin Emmanuel Upton, but the Norfolk, Va., native goes by B.J. for “Bossman Junior.” It’s a reference to his father, Manny Upton, who was known as Bossman.

The only other major leaguers with at least as many homers and stolen bases as Upton in 2012 were Brewers star Ryan Braun (41 homers, 30 steals) and the Angels’ super rookie Mike Trout (30 homers, 49 steals).

Unlike Braun (.319 average, .391 OBP) and Trout (.326 average, .399 OBP), Upton hit for a low average with a career-worst .298 OBP, and nearly four times as many strikeouts as walks (career-low 45).

Upton had more than 160 strikeouts each of the past three seasons. He joins a Braves team that had three of the NL’s top 10 strikeout leaders in Dan Uggla (168), Bourn (155) and Heyward (152).

The older (by three years) brother of Arizona right fielder Justin Upton, B.J. is smaller and more durable, having played at least 144 games each of the past five seasons – the only major league center fielder who can make that claim — while averaging 39 stolen bases.

In August, he became the eighth player in major-league history to total 100 homers and 200 steals before turning 28. He turned 28 on Aug. 21.

Upton declined the Rays’ one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer last month, which means he will cost the Braves their pick near the end of the first round in next year’s draft. Atlanta will get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds when Bourn signs with another team (the Braves made a $13.3 million qualifying offer to Bourn, who declined).

Upton made $7 million in 2012 and $14.825 million over the past three seasons, and has earned just over $16 million during his entire six-year major league career – not much more that he’ll make per season with the Braves.

He reached the majors as a teen in 2004, when he played in 45 games and hit .258 with 14 extra-base hits (four homers) and a .324 OBP in 159 at-bats, with 46 strikeouts. That’s about the same strikeout rate he’s maintained.

Upton didn’t return to the majors until 2006, when he played in 50 games. Hhe arrived on a full-time basis with the Rays in 2007, when he had what remains his best season in his first full year in the majors.

His .300 average, .386 OBP, .508 slugging, .894 OPS and 82 RBIs that season all remain career highs, and his 24 homers in 2007 were his best until 2012.

Now that the Braves have their center fielder, they’ll look to fill the last remaining opening in their lineup and fill out their bench. They could make another move during the Winter Meetings.

Minnesota’s Denard Span would fit the left field/leadoff bill and seems the most attractive of the trade options checked into by the Braves, who could dip into their surplus of starting pitching to make a trade. But so far, Minnesota has been slow to advance any trade talks.

Colorado center fielder/leadoff man Dexter Fowler, an Atlanta native and Milton High graduate, has also been on the Braves’ board as a potential trade target. The Braves fully intend to play Upton in center, so if they do pursue Fowler, it’d presumably be to play left.

If necessary, they Braves could sign another free agent, with Shane Victorino among possibilities they might consider. Angel Pagan of the Giants is a more attractive free agent and viable leadoff man than Victorino at this stage of the latter’s career. But Pagan is said to be asking for at least five years and $55 million, a hefty contract for a player his age (31) with such a relatively light statistical resume.

Also, Pagan might not wish to move from center field, where he’s spent most of his career and all of the past two seasons. It was generally assumed that Pagan would return to San Francisco, although lately that has no longer appeared a certainty.

The Braves have also discussed non-leadoff hitters including free agent Cody Ross as left-field options. Ross was interested in the Braves a year ago but didn’t get the offer he wanted from them and ended up signing with Boston and having an impressive season.

The biggest potentially available corner outfielder in baseball is none other than Upton’s brother, Justin, who will be at Turner Field for Thursday’s news conference, but only in support of his brother.

Arizona general manager Kevin Towers has said he’s not trying to move Justin, but will listen to offers. The Diamondbacks made it known they’d want multiple young players including shortstop Andrelton Simmons from Atlanta, and that’s a non-starter for Braves officials — they’re not trading away the young shortstop.

In 2011, Justin Upton hit .289 with 75 extra-base hits (31 homers), 21 stolen bases and an .898 OPS to finish fourth in MVP balloting. His OPS has been just below .800 in a pair of 17-homer seasons surrounding that one.

He’s owed $38.5 million over the next three seasons, including more than $14 million in each of the last two years of his contract before free agency.

If the left fielder they get can’t bat leadoff, the Braves could look within for a top-of-the-order hitter, with Simmons perhaps the likeliest candidate in that scenario.

It’s believed the Braves have at least $10 million remaining in their budget to apply to next year’s salary for a left fielder, although it’s hard to know because they divulge almost no financial details.

872 comments Add your comment

Tip O' the Cap

November 28th, 2012
6:02 pm

95RelivingEveryDay

November 28th, 2012
6:03 pm

I’m good with it.

Tip O' the Cap

November 28th, 2012
6:03 pm

and…. First!

Will

November 28th, 2012
6:05 pm

I’m a little confused. Is there a chance that the Braves could sign Upton and Bourn? Why would they have contract talks with Bourn after they had the deal with Upton secured?

Bob from Accounttemps

November 28th, 2012
6:07 pm

So Bourn is really not coming back…..

Bob from Accounttemps

November 28th, 2012
6:07 pm

So Bourn is really not coming back…..

mike

November 28th, 2012
6:09 pm

what next???? 3b of lf? by trade or by free agent pick up???
Go braves

Tampa Bay Brave Fan

November 28th, 2012
6:09 pm

BAD MOVE !

He’ll hit a lot of solo HRS and strike out a bunch;

Who is giving Frank Wren advice ?

Weaseal

November 28th, 2012
6:09 pm

Yeah now we can all work on our B.J. jokes and win some games

HottyToddy

November 28th, 2012
6:10 pm

I’m not excited about this at all. We will see though, hope I’m wrong.

Walker, Texas Ranger

November 28th, 2012
6:10 pm

He is a great fit with Uggla. They can hit 7 & 8

thetruth

November 28th, 2012
6:10 pm

guy is always hurt may as well sign sizemore too

Defensive Indifference

November 28th, 2012
6:10 pm

I like this move! The Braves need a center fielder and a right-handed power bat, and get both in Upton. Having tandem 30-30 outfielders is very exciting. Now let’s get a left fielder and a genuine leadoff hitter.

mediocrity continues...

November 28th, 2012
6:10 pm

Frank Wren strikes again! Finally get some dough to work the market with and you wrap it all up in guy hoping he hits the long ball just like with Uggla. How’s that deal working out for ya Wren?

$70-75M over 5 for a career .250ish hitter?

Wren you are a effing genius…

This GM is flat out garbage…

Najeh Davenpoop

November 28th, 2012
6:10 pm

I may be forgetting someone, but can anyone remember the last time a hitter came to Atlanta from another team and was better than they were on their old team? Because I can’t. All I can remember is Dan Uggla, Alex Gonzalez, Garret Anderson, Troy Glaus… even Bourn didn’t put up the numbers here that he had in Houston.

Seriously, when is the last time that happened? Johnny Estrada maybe?

If Upton is going to fall into that trend, well, his numbers aren’t even great to begin with, and I am really not very optimistic.

I hope I’m wrong but this seems like Uggla all over again. I was hoping they would find a way to replace Uggla this offseason — instead now they have two of him.

mid wicket

November 28th, 2012
6:11 pm

Now the question how do you get a left fielder that can hit leadoff ? Is there such a thing available?

smitty

November 28th, 2012
6:13 pm

So does Atlanta lose their 1st round pick? Or does Tampa gain a sandwich? I’m confused with the new CBA system, hearing conflicting reports

Amber Girl

November 28th, 2012
6:13 pm

3rd place No playoffs

Deadpool

November 28th, 2012
6:14 pm

thetruth, I guess you missed this part of the article….
B.J. is smaller and durable, having played at least 144 games each of the past five seasons – the only major league center fielder who can make that claim

BC

November 28th, 2012
6:14 pm

“Bourn”, really seemed to fade in the second half. I wonder how his prolong career will go? It kinda makes you think a team may be real happy short term, but could also have buyers remorse, long term!

Dr. pepper

November 28th, 2012
6:14 pm

Good job Braves. Now lets get Cody Ross.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

I am excited about Prado, Heyward, Simmons, and Freeman. The rest of the lineup is one giant question mark and yet somehow contains the three highest paid offensive players on the team. When your budget is limited, you can’t pay eight figure annual salaries to three players hitting in the .230s. I have confidence that McCann will bounce back if he gets healthy, but there is very little in Uggla and Upton’s track records to justify similar optimism.

Caseyatthebat

November 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

I’d rather see hitters like Span, Keppinger, Hairston, Reed Johnson at lower salaries and a bigger hitter like Swisher, Willingham or even Kubel. Oh well, we’ll see.

Dr. pepper

November 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

Simmons will bat leadoff

BC

November 28th, 2012
6:16 pm

Guess I’m thinking about Danny Ugly.

No. 1 Braves Fan

November 28th, 2012
6:16 pm

15 mil for B. J. Upton is too much for too little. We already have too many strikeout
guys with Uggla, Heyward and Freeman. Also, Upton`s OBP has been declining and is less than mediocre along with a .250 BA. The Braves could have worked out a deal for Span with the Twins. They need pitching badly and will come down on their demands.

mid wicket

November 28th, 2012
6:16 pm

Love the positivity on the board! There is a reason Upton was coveted by a number of teams. He ahs flaws sure but with Walker and Fletch this may be the thing that gets him going just like they got JHey going

bob

November 28th, 2012
6:16 pm

move upton to left and bring in Angle Pagan to play center and lead off…those two right handed bats would give us the best line up in the national league except dodgers

Kevin Chop

November 28th, 2012
6:16 pm

It is a God awful move. I don’t feel sorry for the braves anymore.

Brandon

November 28th, 2012
6:16 pm

@Najeh – first person that comes to mind is Galarraga(not sure if he was FA though), although i think he basically just stayed consistent with his previous numbers

A-Ville Ranger

November 28th, 2012
6:16 pm

Yuck, yuck, yuck. Not exactly a moneyball move was it. This sucks…de-luxe. Here is a black hole in our lineup for the next 5 seasons.

Tom

November 28th, 2012
6:16 pm

Hey, where’s the Thrashers blog?

Chipper Jones

November 28th, 2012
6:17 pm

this .250 hitting lazy a** will make more money than I ever did !

I should have tested the free agent waters when I had a chance.

Frank Wren just tied up the payroll for years to come; Upton & Uggla will be the ruination of this team.

Realist

November 28th, 2012
6:17 pm

BJ Upton in CF is a good outcome for the Braves. Certainly better than average. BJ Upton at $15MM for 5 years is a risky move.

Steve

November 28th, 2012
6:17 pm

Look at all of the crybabies complaining, cracks me up.

rainman34

November 28th, 2012
6:18 pm

Funny how the baseball world reacts to the signing by the braves. Its all we will have to see and he does have holes which is all true but. If the Phills had signed him it would be greatest move of the year, Amoreo does it again, Phills team to beat. Drives me crazy. I love the move, great job by wren and co. Hope we have one more great move in us and then sky is the limit.

rhettt

November 28th, 2012
6:18 pm

Braves would not sign Bourn to $15 Million a year but then turn around and pay $15 Million to an outfielder who isn’t leadoff material. What in the h@ll was Wren thinking?

mid wicket

November 28th, 2012
6:20 pm

If you can wait out the market for either Pagan or Victorino would solidify this line up and would be menacing for opposing pitchers! I like your thinking Bob

mudcat47

November 28th, 2012
6:20 pm

5yr,, 75.25 millon, no option, per MLB Rumor.com.

Clark Howard

November 28th, 2012
6:20 pm

DOB,

How much money is left for Frank to “play with” ?

My God, I can’t believe this is happening to my Braves !

Frank Wren is worse than the Federal government & its wasteful spending.

NORRIS CHUCK

November 28th, 2012
6:20 pm

Good move by the Braves. The best they could make at this point of free agency. Glad everybody is NOT GM’s or the Braves would never make any progress.

mike

November 28th, 2012
6:20 pm

we lose our pick and gain a sandwich pick!

mediocrity continues...

November 28th, 2012
6:21 pm

Someone explain to Steve what a sports blog is for….

Frank Wren

November 28th, 2012
6:21 pm

Schafer in left, hitting leadoff.

I can’t wait !

Disgusted

November 28th, 2012
6:22 pm

For this market this is a bargain. I like this.

In Frank Wren I do trust most of the time. 2013 will prove that BJ and Uggla are good moves.

This is going to be a HAVOC wrecking lineup. We are gonna make life miserable for opposing MLB pitchers.

Now, what do we do about LF, trade for it???? That makes sense. Might want to go for more of an OBP guy in the next move.

tony

November 28th, 2012
6:23 pm

Bad move by the braves again in my opinion.

Snarky

November 28th, 2012
6:23 pm

Whats the chance we can package a few young pitchers for his brother?

Brandon

November 28th, 2012
6:23 pm

rhettt – he was probably thinking about how bourn wants more than 15 mil a year, is 2 years older, only batted .225 in the 2nd half, and struck out 155 times last season as a “leadoff hitter”

Cobby Box

November 28th, 2012
6:24 pm

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Zac in Tempe

November 28th, 2012
6:25 pm

rhettt, wouldn’t sign more to more than 15 a year. They are actually not to far apart in the strikeout department

AdirondackDave

November 28th, 2012
6:25 pm

Not my first choice but he can be an exciting player and more likely than not will be a significant asset. I wouldn’t mind them going with Gattis in left and working with Simmons on lead-off skills. If Gattis isn’t a major league hitter by June, then they can do some trading. Actually Gattis may turn out to be something special himself… time will tell.

Disgusted

November 28th, 2012
6:25 pm

I am disappointed in some fans the way they are reacting to this cause here we go spending some nice $$$$$$$$$$ on a move that improves this team and some folks are beeching about it.

BUMBS — BUMB fans who deserve to be Booed.

This move is a good “value” move. Go ahead, call me crazy but you will find out.

And my man Uggla is going to turn out to be a good value move. Just wait.

Zac in Tempe

November 28th, 2012
6:26 pm

If he improves with change of scenery, great deal. If he doesn’t, mediocre deal.

jed

November 28th, 2012
6:26 pm

it’s a deal that puts a lot of faith in upton becoming a better hitter as he ages. ie, cutting down on strikeouts, and improving his OBP, while hoping his power numbers continue to rise. upton’s K’s and OBP are serious concerns, but i dont think it’s unreasonable for wren to hope that , given upton’s talent, the braves’ hitting coaches will be able to make a positive impact. there’s certainly plenty of upside, given that upton should be coming into his best years as a hitter. so if it works, wren will be much-praised, and if it doesnt, he’ll be slammed for bringing in a guy with high K totals and putting him on a team with uggla and heyward.

ChipperisGod

November 28th, 2012
6:26 pm

I have a bad feeling this could be Uggla part II. I really hope not, and I applaud the aggressiveness by Wren and co going out to get a really good player. Upton has the chance to be a great player, and has proven it before, but he’s got to raise his OBP and AVG. I hope he can do that.

I still would have preferred a trade for Revere or Span, because they are cheaper and are better lead off hitters, but if Mac and Uggla can get back on track and Upton has a great season, and Heyward continues his ascension, and Freddie continues to improve, and with Prado and Andy as well? Everyone had better watch out.

Welcome to Atlanta, BJ! Hope you do well and prove the negative nancies and myself wrong!

done

November 28th, 2012
6:27 pm

Great. Now get his brother too

GaryinBham

November 28th, 2012
6:27 pm

Glad to get a big signing. I like Upton. Speed and power, still young, World Series and postseason experience. I think 28 HRs might have helped us last year. Our power was pitiful. Now one more.

Samurai Squirrel

November 28th, 2012
6:27 pm

Love that we signed B.J. I wish it were for 3 years at $15M per season, but you gotta do what you gotta do to get the deal done.

Now it is time to trade for his little bro…

MoBrave

November 28th, 2012
6:28 pm

The prospect of having two 30/30 guys in the lineup is intriguing. This would not have been my first choice of moves, but it has good potential. Time will tell.

DJ

November 28th, 2012
6:28 pm

What is Frank doing??

southern son

November 28th, 2012
6:28 pm

I’m not happy about this one bit , this is embarrassing .

Nate from SLC

November 28th, 2012
6:29 pm

The dude strikes out 4x more than he walks??????????????? Good hell. This move sucks. This is Dan Uggla Part 2!!!!!!!!!

A-Ville Ranger

November 28th, 2012
6:29 pm

I am seriously wondering if Wren grasp how bad Upton’s numbers are trending. I just don’t understand why a professional baseball man would tie up that much money for 5 seasons in a player who will likely be completely unproductive for most of his at bats. The guy is a walking rally killer.

jbill

November 28th, 2012
6:29 pm

Where you like the deal are not..lets stop the crap and support our Braves..Go Wren… now lets see the next moves. Welcome Boss!

A-Ville Ranger

November 28th, 2012
6:29 pm

I am seriously wondering if Wren grasp how bad Upton’s numbers are trending. I just don’t understand why a professional baseball man would tie up that much money for 5 seasons in a player who will likely be completely unproductive for most of his at bats. The guy is a walking rally killer.

Uggla Redux

November 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

It’s a bit ironic that some fans think the Braves are going to take Upton and get something else out of him that Madden and The Rays weren’t able to get out of him. I would love to know what makes some fans think that there is a mystical quality to the Braves management and staff that will make Upton worth 15 mil a year! Leo Mazzone was able to squeeze some extra out of some fading veteran pitchers years ago, but that has nothing to do with the Braves being able to get 15 mil per year potential out of a position player today (Upton).

Perhaps it’s good that the Braves normally don’t have money to spend in the FA market. They seem to over pay every time they do!

TPM

November 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

They over paid for him. I bet in 3 years this contract will be an unmovable albatross.

Mark

November 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

Thats just great!

175 Ks and on OBP of 300 or so for the bargain price of 70+ Million!

He’ll be a fast version of Uggla without the walks. 5 Years too!

Bummer :(

southern son

November 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

Dan Uggla will earn his $$ this upcoming year I still have faith in the guy , he will smack 35 homers and get his average up to 275.. you heard it here first

lefty Dave

November 28th, 2012
6:32 pm

I am not ure that BJ Upton is the way to go. 246 batting avg is really not what I would say will scare a lot of managers when they see his name on the lineup card. What is the chance of getting Cody Ross to play left ?

Dan Uggla

November 28th, 2012
6:32 pm

Now maybe the fans won’t be booing me as much; they’ll boo BJ !

Back to the benchpress …

BravesFanSince80s

November 28th, 2012
6:32 pm

starting to wonder if the smoke and mirrors I was hoping for on Wren’s part were provided in fact by all those other “interested” GM’s…
sooooooooo, let’s re-cap this off-season thus far:
committed 12 million to McCann (yuck)
replaced David Ross with Podunk, G-money, or whatever the hell his name is Laird
replaced Bourn with the black Dan Uggla
still no new home for Dan Uggla
SMDH….
hopefully, this time next year, see ya’ Frank Wren!

SPS

November 28th, 2012
6:33 pm

Can we trade Uggla back for Omar Infante?

Bob the Blogger

November 28th, 2012
6:34 pm

He wasn’t my choice for CF, but he’ll be in a Braves uniform come spring training, so I’ll support him.

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Corporate America

November 28th, 2012
6:34 pm

Frank Wren would not make it in the real world.

So much money tied up in non-productive players like Upton, Uggla & McCann ; that’s $41 million for 3 guys that combined hit .235 last season !

Rick James

November 28th, 2012
6:36 pm

Just trust in Frank Wren..But will somebody please but this team!!

Tommy Dew

November 28th, 2012
6:36 pm

So the lineup is:
Simmons
Prado
Heyward
Upton
McCann
Freeman
Uggla
Cody Ross?
Pitcher

Powder Blue

November 28th, 2012
6:36 pm

dogsbrekky

November 28th, 2012
6:36 pm

Bourn declined $13++

flipping idiots………. <<<<<<<<<<<<< 770 OPS AND $13M and they say no

30+ yrs

Chipper's ACL

November 28th, 2012
6:36 pm

Maybe the Braves can lead the league in strikeouts, and not the pitching staff. This move sux.

O'Ventbrel

November 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

Everybody seems convinced that Upton will bat .240 at best, strike out more than Uggla, and be the exact same player or worse in Atlanta. I think I will wait until the season is underway to make my judgments. Yes, Braves acquisitions are notorious for turning into terrible hitters, but Tropicana Field is as exciting as a cardboard box so a change of scenery really could help him.

Uggla Redux

November 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

Just think, In 2013 if Upton hits 28 bombs, drives in less than a buck, hits .240 and puts up “new numbers” that are below what a 15 mil a year player should put up……….these same people who are praising this move will be some of the people screaming the loudest!

miltfamey

November 28th, 2012
6:39 pm

How about Victorino in LF and leading off—-or Cody Ross in LF and Andrelton Simmons leading off

Disgusted

November 28th, 2012
6:40 pm

A strikeout is just another out. Too many fans are SOphobic.

Cooperstown is full of guys who struck out and made up for it by producting runs.

I am excited at the prospect of seeing BJ and Heyward , two 30/30 potential guys on the same team.

With Uggla and Freeman we can have 4 30 HR guys. I’ll sacrifice a little OBP for that mashing.

nj steve

November 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

not a bad signing i think bj will do well in the NL.. now we need Dan Uggla to produce like i bet he will… now just need solid LF and they be solid.

RLW

November 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

Speaking as Rays’ fan, Upton is least clutch hitter and worst two-strike hitter imaginable. He has great speed, terrific centerfielder, but has mental lapses (overthrows cutoff man, gets picked off, forgets to hustle, etc.). Hits many solo homers.

BOBBY COX

November 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

Everyone needs to shut your crying up. STOP being so negative and support your team…IF this is your team. NOW! will the real fans come forth.

milt famey

November 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

It’s going to be interesting to see how our roster fills up now. Brent Lillibridge would be a nice util man since he is now a FA

BOBBY COX

November 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

Everyone needs to shut your crying up. STOP being so negative and support your team…IF this is your team. NOW! will the real fans come forth.

milt famey

November 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

It’s going to be interesting to see how our roster fills up now. Brent Lillibridge would be a nice util man since he is now a FA

Don

November 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

Love it. Really glad to see the Braves being aggressive. BJ is young, moving the the NL probably anxious to make a good impression.
I would be okay standing put now and trying Francisco at 3rd base or Gattis in left (with Prado at 3rd), but I would prefer getting Shane Victorino for a few years and letting Prado move to third for those years

A-Ville Ranger

November 28th, 2012
6:43 pm

Comparing Upton to Uggla is insulting…to Uggla. Dan is a player who has been a .285, 100 RBI, .370 OBP player.

Uptard doesn’t even have the promise of anything close to those numbers. Honestly, I wouldn’t want him in the lineup if we could promote him from our minor league system.

Wren just paid a fortune for a player who will obviously be a dead spot in the lineup for years to come.

Amber Girl

November 28th, 2012
6:43 pm

Needed offense and got none. Bad move.

Tommy Boggs

November 28th, 2012
6:44 pm

Close to half the payroll tied up with McCann, Uggla and Upton. YIKES!!

jim

November 28th, 2012
6:46 pm

What 30-30 guys? In 6 years Upton has never hit more than 28 HRs. Heyward hit 27 this year and should add power, but has not hit 30 HRs yet. Heyward has not stolen 30 bases in a season, and as middle of the order hitters either or both could steal as many as 30 bases, but that has not been the way the Braves have played under Fredi.

Corporate America

November 28th, 2012
6:46 pm

this move will ultimately be Wren & Fredi’s demise; a new GM will have to come in & clean up Wren’s mess …

AdirondackDave

November 28th, 2012
6:46 pm

O’Ventbrel — You make good sense at 6:38.

PaBravesfan

November 28th, 2012
6:47 pm

thetruth
November 28th, 2012
6:10 pm

guy is always hurt may as well sign sizemore

Umm
B.J. is smaller and more durable, having played at least 144 games each of the past five seasons – the only major league center fielder who can make that claim

Maybe you should learn to read before you post so you dont sound like such an idiot

oldmarriedwoman

November 28th, 2012
6:47 pm

Its better than paying Bourn the 18 to 20 million/year Boras wants. He is younger and hits more homers and steals just as many bases as Bourn, plus he right handed.

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