Found November 30, 2012 on Philliedelphia:
A lot is being made about the events in the National League East over the past 72 hours, from the Phillies failed trade for Wilton Lopez, to the Nationals successful trade for Denard Span, to the Braves paying $75.25 million to get B.J. Upton, and keep him out of Philadelphia....

B.J. Upton Signs With Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves never seemed to have much interest in bringing Michael Bourn back.  He was fantastic while he was with them, but it's understandable that the club wanted to go younger.  And they did yesterday - just not much younger.  The Braves signed free agent B.J. Upton, and the eight-year veteran will now be patrolling the Braves' outfield. According to Dave...

Braves and B.J. Upton Agree to $75 Million Deal

The Braves landed their number one free agent target this off-season, center fielder B.J. Upton The Atlanta Braves and center fielder B.J. Upton have agreed to a 5-year $75 million deal.  Upton’s contract is the largest free agent contract the Braves have ever signed. The Braves are withholding an announcement on the deal until Upton passes a physical. The 28-year old Upton is...

The Extremity of Wilton Lopez

There’s a fun game I’ve enjoyed playing, called Spot The Half-Decent Astro. It’s challenging, because there haven’t been very many of them, and because I could never get anyone else to play too. Did you know that the 2012 Astros’ team leader in home runs was Justin Maxwell? Do you know anything about Justin Maxwell, aside from his name and that fact? The Astros have been...

Braves fill need by adding free-agent Upton

The Braves wasted little time in making a statement in free agency. Atlanta has reportedly agreed to a five-year 75.25 million deal with center fielder B.J. Upton, marking the largest free-agent contract in the franchises history. Upton, 28, had spent his entire major-league career with the Rays. Last season he hit .246 with a career-high 28 home runs, 78 RBIs and 31 stolen bases...

Sources: Braves land OF B.J. Upton

The Atlanta Braves landed their principal free-agent target Wednesday, reaching agreement with center fielder B.J. Upton on a five-year contract, according to major-league sources. 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. The Philadelphia Phillies, the other finalist...

Upton Headed to Atlanta on 5-Year Deal

Upton is on his way to the Braves. (MLB) The Braves scored one of the biggest names on the free agent market, nabbing BJ Upton, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, and others. He’s the first shoe to drop and marks the unofficial start of free agency. Upton, 28, is scheduled to take a physical in Atlanta tomorrow, according to Mark Bowman of Bob Nightengale of USA Today...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 91: What Will the Braves Get from B.J. Upton? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam break down the Braves` signing of B.J. Upton and discuss the discrepancy between different appraisals of his value.

MLB Discussion: With B.J. Upton Gone What Should the Phillies Do?

Ruben Amaro always seems to get his man. This year though the Philadelphia Phillies take a back seat in the B.J. Upton sweepstakes as he signed a 5 year $75 million contract with the division rival Atlanta Braves. With the Phillies top free agent target gone, where do they turn? Is Josh Hamilton an option even though he is older, has issues and hits left handed? Should the Phillies...

DMV: MASN’s Bob & F.P. Show Renewed For Another Season

Sounds like Bob and F.P. will call Nats games in 2013. [Capital Games] The Nats have played 32 guys in center field since 2005. [Nats Insider] Denard Span was actually born in DC, but not on purpose. [Nats Journal] Span once hit his mom with a foul, which is incredible. [Nats Enquirer] DeAngelo Hall fined for unspecified infractions in the Dallas game. [PFT] Alfred Morris had to...

MLB roundup: Nats acquire Span; Yankees, Rivera near deal

--Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span was traded to the Washington Nationals on Thursday for pitching prospect Alex Meyer. Span, a five-year veteran who has spent his career with the Twins, hit .283 last season with four homers, 41 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. He is a .284 career hitter who has had his last two seasons cut short by injuries. He is expected to take over center...

No B.J. for Phillies: Free Agent Centerfielder Upton to Sign With Atlanta Braves

Photo: Wikipedia Commons The Phillies new center fielder will not be B.J. Upton.   According to numerous reports including this one from's Ken Rosenthal, the free agent center fielder has agreed to a five-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.     The reported value of the contract is five years and $70 - 75 million. Other free agent options in the marketplace...
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