8:12 pm January 8, 2013, by David O'Brien
January 10th, 20138:58 pm
25 years old, a stud… who knows, maybe extend him another 2 years to keep him on the same time table as Melvin… lots of potential, a true slugger to hit 4th for us… with the youth on our team, we can afford to make this move prospectwise, we have time to accumulate some more depth.
January 10th, 20139:00 pm
Hugo Z Hackenbush
I didn’t mean it that way. I’m just saying that he’d be comfortable playing on the same team with his brother and would have incentive to play well with the new team, because obviously he’s not going to be incensed to play well for his current team who’s clearly made it known they don’t truly want him around.
January 10th, 20139:01 pm
Bossman Jr better put his big boy pants on and play his heart out because little bro is probably not going to be next to him on Opening Day.
January 10th, 20139:03 pm
What’s Frank Wren waiting on? It’s obvious that Justin Upton wants to play with his brother! Frank needs to get off his lazy butt and make Kevin Towers an offer!!
January 10th, 20139:05 pm
Not a joke Hugo. Lf will be either, Jordan, Georgie or Reed Johnson.
I know there are some on this blog who enjoy going through the old blogs and repeating what has been posted before so here is something for them to post after opening day.
January 10th, 20139:06 pm
Hugo Z Hackenbush
January 10th, 20139:07 pm
I certainly agree that Upton’s position with the Dbacks is compromised now. They’ve managed to screw this up royally. Wren should play hardball with these buffoons.
And they really hate it when someone does it to them.
January 10th, 20139:08 pm
I was referring to the William and Mary joke, lk.
January 10th, 20139:09 pm
Hey cab, whatcha think? Will little Upton be in a Braves uni this season?
January 10th, 20139:10 pm
Depends on what Wren is willing to give up, and mainly on what Towers is willing to take…I’m still leaning toward “no”
January 10th, 20139:11 pm
Spot on Hugo.
January 10th, 20139:13 pm
Could you imagine the crying from the Upton haters if Wren signed Justin.
January 10th, 20139:14 pm
Paging double George.
January 10th, 20139:17 pm
Certainly Justin would make this a stronger team, just don’t see it happening.
January 10th, 20139:20 pm
We can always hope. Would be a great outfield for years and allow Prado to stay at third.
January 10th, 20139:21 pm
Interesting proposals for redevelopment project in the less-than-thriving area around Turner Field. Hopefully it gets done. The Braves really need something to happen like this.
January 10th, 20139:25 pm
Yes! A ferris wheel!
January 10th, 20139:26 pm
George just cares about average lol… Justin is over .250, near .280.
I do not believe that the addition of Upton would boost attendance, winning might boost attendance
January 10th, 20139:28 pm
I think the ferris wheel will boost attendance. A giant merry-go-round will put it over the top!
January 10th, 20139:31 pm
Having both Uptons in the same OF with Heyward, that would increase attendance based on that alone. It’s something not often seen in baseball having family members in the same lineup, much less same team.
Ferris wheels are creepy
January 10th, 20139:35 pm
Ken Rosenthal@Ken_Rosenthal Sources: #Mariners offered four players for #DBacks’ Upton. One of Walker/Hultzen/Paxton, plus Franklin and Furbush, then Pryor or another.
Paxton shouldn’t even really be grouped with Walker and Hultzen. Taijuan Walker is a Top 10 overall prospect in the sport and possibly the best RHP prospect aside from Bundy. Franklin is a legit SS prospect – one of the better ones in the minors. Furbush and Pryor are reliever pitchers/prospects.
I wouldn’t trade Walker if I were the M’s. No way. But Hultzen, Franklin, Furbush, Pryor is a pretty good offer – especially for a player that you have no plans on keeping.
Towers isn’t getting much for Kubel – just like Rizzo isn’t getting much for Morse. Of course, Towers probably helped the market for outfielders with one year of control by giving up Bauer for one year of Shin Soo Choo(who went to the Reds in a 3 way). I still do not believe Kubel will be traded. The signing of Cody friggin Ross was a clear indicator they had plans to trade Justin Upton.
January 10th, 20139:38 pm
Would trading for Justin Upton limit the Braves ability to sign Prado and Heyward long-term?
Maybe we could have enough payroll with the new TV money coming in…
nah, not unless they win, otherwise nobody will care very quickly
January 10th, 20139:43 pm
David O’Brien @ajcbraves
If Minor hadn’t missed the age cutoff by a couple of weeks, #Braves could’ve had 5 players on Keith Law’s top 25 under age 25
Talented group of young major league players with few elite level prospects currently in the farm system. Make a play for that impact player via trade.
Sucks that Bossman and Justin are brothers. Something weird about them playing together. I don’t know, just would worry how that would effect them – even though I’m really not sure how it would and if I were Wren, probably wouldn’t risk it.
But anyway, the major league roster was ripe to add to with another middle of the order RH LF. So I do get why Wren would have interest in Justin Upton. Just not sure of the fit…..
January 10th, 20139:46 pm
nope… got 27mil coming off from McCann, Maholm, and Hudson. We would need a catcher and maybe a pitcher… plus the new tv money kicks in (though we may not use much)
January 10th, 20139:47 pm
Chocolate-chip cookie vodka is creepy!
January 10th, 20139:48 pm
January 10th, 20139:53 pm
JimBowdenESPNxm JIM BOWDEN
Walker, Franklin, Pryor and Furbush for Upton would have been fair deal for Upton and sets the price now for Rangers and Braves.
imBowdenESPNxm JIM BOWDEN
Diamondbacks again send clear message to Justin Upton by attempting to trade him to a team on his no-trade list without talking to him first
January 10th, 20139:57 pm
You, Efrim, would also never last as a gm, because you wouldn’t have the guts to trade a “top prospect” for a proven mlb player.
If you ever think people on this blog are too negative …. spend a few minutes chatting with the people who post on the “secondary” blog posts. Man, those are some angry, venomous, disturbed folks ….
January 10th, 201310:06 pm
Makes the naysayers here sound like cheerleaders
January 10th, 201310:13 pm
And so the Rangers are “moving on”…
Mlbtraderumors.com is reporting that the Rangers are “moving on” from Justin Upton. It’s time for Frank Wren to go get our LF!!
January 10th, 201310:15 pm
They’re dropping like flies! And if you’ve ever seen flies dropping, you know what I mean!
January 10th, 201310:19 pm
Is Justin Upton BJ’s Bryan Pena?
January 10th, 201310:22 pm
Very disappointed that the Jeopardy! category “Ward” of the Day did not include our own…
January 10th, 201310:28 pm
Wondered if VJ signed a contract extension to do PBP during spring training?? That was always welcome!
January 10th, 201310:30 pm
Venice Jim, the Chief left you a Valentine at the bottom of page five on previous blog.
I wouldn’t bring it up but Cab said yall don’t discuss the blog.
January 10th, 201310:31 pm
I have at least managed not to get a real job – and I need to make up for my recent lack of posts…
I feel strong now that the M’s and Rangers arent getting Upton that we swoop in soon and get him.
My only thing about this right now is that I have a feeling just reading things and what not that Towers doesn’t think a lot of JU (we have no way of knowing this of course) and might not want to deal him to a team he wants to go to which is ours.
January 10th, 201310:34 pm
January 10th, 201310:36 pm
nolie – Hope is a killer y’know….
Hope, it’s what gets me out of bed every morning.
Just wanted to keep you informed. In your time away.
January 10th, 201310:39 pm
For all the shyt Towers has put Justin through the past years it should be just the opposite and trade him to play with his brother.
I thought it was somewhat like Bobby pulling Andruw when he failed to hustle.
January 10th, 201310:40 pm
In all seriousness it is good to see your return.
At times you are the voice of reason on this blog.
January 10th, 201310:41 pm
Didn’t peavy invoke his no trade clause when Towers traded him to Braves without asking his consent?
Later Peavy was traded for much less than Braves had offered.
Justin Upton hoopla sounds a lot like that all over again.
January 10th, 201310:44 pm
I was worried about Gattis being blocked, but then I remembered that he can catch…
January 10th, 201310:49 pm
Not sure about reason – on certain subjects I became rather intolerant if another opinion is not in synch with mine… and it was much better that I have no further interaction on that one…
January 10th, 201310:51 pm
Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick
One executive says #mariners were “clearly overpaying” for Upton and are “fortunate” trade with #dbacks fell through.
January 10th, 201310:54 pm
Delgado, Ahmed, Spruil or Gilmartin, and Bethancourt may be equivalent package of Mariners
January 10th, 201310:57 pm
Wow – Vandy-Kentucky tied, under 3:00…
January 10th, 201311:00 pm
No way I would trade Graham in any deal right now. I’d offer Delgado, Bethancourt, Francisco, and Venters.
Really prefer not to trade Gilmartin either.
January 10th, 201311:04 pm
abeeewright, hey I have had a headache pretty much all day, so guess where my mind goes to?
January 10th, 201311:15 pm
Hello everyone! Feeling better, but I won’t be going back to work until Monday, next week. Finally clearing the Laringitus, and feeing better. Rembember when Braves, got Maddux, and they had a A Dynasty for years. Adding Justin Upton, would start another run……
January 10th, 201311:17 pm
Feeling way much better…… This would be huge if Wren, can go get that deal done? Do it!!!!!!!!!!! We would have the best out field in baseball…….Do It!!!!!!!!
January 10th, 201311:23 pm
All, I’ll talk later…Just going to get more rest, and Peace my friends….Be excellent, and “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”
hey ward get high on billy hamilton
January 10th, 201311:26 pm
tell the reds you will pay a bag of balls and a sack of splintered bats for him if they can sign him to a 8 yesr contract at minumum wages
January 10th, 201311:28 pm
January 10th, 201311:34 pm
Fun line from Tom Boswell:
As has been amusingly reported, Johnson may have courted LaRoche more than any Cooperstown-level manager ever ingratiated himself to a zero-time All Star…
January 10th, 201311:44 pm
It would be great if the Braves added Justin Upton to the existing young ML-level players already on the roster… especially if the price was from the existing Minor league depth. Bob Nightengale sees the Braves as the team that makes the most sense as a trade partner with the D’Backs after the deal w/ Seattle fell thru. A lead-off hitter would still be nice, but the all around game of both Uptons + Heyward in the OF would be fun to watch.
Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS
it was Taijuan Walker who was the big player in agreed-upon trade that upton rejected. so walker, franklin plus 2 more.
January 10th, 201311:45 pm
I doubt Gilmartin will amount to much
January 10th, 201311:46 pm
Walker, a hard-throwing righthander who’s just 20, is1 of the very best prospects in baseball. stays w/ m’s. #dbacks
January 10th, 201311:51 pm
“Just wanted to keep you informed. In your time away.” – Lane Kiffin
January 10th, 201311:54 pm
offer of Taijuan Walker, Franklin plus 2 for @JUS10UP10 shows how badly #mariners want hitter. scout on TW: “REALLY good”
January 10th, 201311:55 pm
Upton would have been crazy to accept that trade
January 11th, 201312:10 am
I wonder how the GM-manager relationship is going to go in Arizona. I suspect not well for long. It will certainly be interesting to see what happens with Justin.
January 11th, 201312:14 am
DOB, happen to know one of the developers that wants to do that thing.
problem is the atlanta city council.
January 11th, 201312:18 am
as much as developing the area around Turner field would be great for the fans, you still have to stumble around the local govt,
January 11th, 201312:21 am
There is a new blog
January 11th, 201312:25 am
the city of Atlanta has never been a braves supporter. there was a time when the city said the braves shuttle must go through underground Atlanta.
get off the train and walk through a dead area financed through gov’t failed bonds.
January 11th, 201312:29 am
Actually maybe it’s not a new blog, but a very recently posted story (very well worth reading).
January 11th, 201312:30 am
underground Atlanta has failed two times. so drop the braves fans off at five points and make them walk through that failure really works and make them ride a bus for the last part.
Fredi's Fu Manhu
No way I give up anything near what M’s would for J. Upton. I love the idea of Schafer leading off, Prado 2nd. Lots of doubles coming out of the middle of this lineup. Schafer/Prado will each score 100 runs.
January 11th, 201312:38 am
ncgary, keep going my man. never quit.
January 11th, 201312:39 am
I say go to 3 reservations, poll all the residents who will answer and see what the percentages of either for, against or dont care if teams have Indian names or logos. Groups and EVEN Indian group reps can be highly political and not TRULY represent the people they say they speak for…..everybody has an agenda these days it seems and groups certainly do so just get it FROM THE PEOPLE. Not a group or “representative”
January 11th, 201312:42 am
Tater, well done. pretty sure the debate ended. Notre Dame wanted Zero part of you.
it ended and all the debate ended on the first drive when Lacy just ran all over everyone.
January 11th, 201312:48 am
end of the day it does not matter. 95 plus million payroll will be sans 10 million.
two premium players? I love the Upton signing.
fellas are rotaion is about to be fronted by medlen, minor, and hudson.
January 11th, 201312:50 am
great second half. pretty big bet.
January 11th, 201312:53 am
Fredi’s – That is assuming Schafer can hit???
January 11th, 20131:02 am
medlen, minor, hudson,
lee, hallladay, hammels.
gio, stasburg,, zimmerman.
January 11th, 20131:13 am
gio went 21-8 last season with a 1.13 whip.
and several said he cant throw strikes.
zimmerman, 1.17 whip.
strasburg 1.15 whip.
January 11th, 20131:17 am
Gattis better frickin hit.
January 11th, 20131:48 am
that’s about as dumb an idea as I have heard on here that Schafer would hit enough to lead off and score 100 runs. If that isn’t facetious, I pity you
January 11th, 20131:50 am
so the braves are going to front the rest of the NL east
with medlen and minor?
vs, halladay & Lee
vs, strasburg & gio.
maybe Tobf had a point about getting greinke.
January 11th, 20132:02 am
detract the two best offensive players we had last season, bourn & and chipper.
one scored 96 runs. the other a .832 ,ops.
well we invested in 13 million in a player that had 14 doubles in 440 at bats.
January 11th, 20132:05 am
Hello everyone! Na, TOB, had no point at all…. We are younger in pitching, and stocked with pitching. Wren has a golden opertunity to go get Justin Upton now. We need to put together, Jutin Upton, B.J. Upton, and Heyward. That will get us into the playoffs deep inot the playoffs…..
January 11th, 20132:07 am
Justin Upton , B.J. Upton, and Heyward. Looks like we could have our big three if Wren, will talk to Towers?
January 11th, 20132:10 am
ToBF – Thinks he’s the opinion to everything, He doesn’t know as much as he thinks he knows…….
January 11th, 20132:12 am
We have a young pitching staff, and solid one, and it will blossom into a good one. Case on Greinke closed…..
January 11th, 20132:14 am
All, all have a good one! Our pitching will be fine….Uga – have a good one! Peace my friends, and talk tomorrow, and “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”
dont blame wren. blame terry mcquirk.
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