Found January 23, 2013 on
Off The Bench:
Each and every year we see big name free agents sign deals that are absolutely ludicrous and well beyond the player’s actual value. Each and every year we see people lambaste the Yankees for having a roster full of terrible deals and overpriced stars. Each and every year we see a small market team with a small payroll doing much better than a team with a payroll of $100 million more.
If you’ve read “Moneyball” rather than watched the movie, you will know that the book is actually about finding ways to spend a team’s money more wisely and finding efficiencies in run production and run prevention that other teams have overlooked. That was the “secret” to the A’s success at the time: Know what actually accounts for wins better than anyone else. That is what we in the sabermetrics community base our judgments off of. However, as someone who is always thinking of ways to improve the thought processes behind running a better baseball team, I have recently stumbled on an epiphany that I fe...
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The Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed on a
deal that will send Justin Upton to Atlanta in exchange for a package of
players, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
players are agreed to in Justin Upton trade. pending physical
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 24, 2013
Heyman notes that the package of players heading to Arizona
The Atlanta Braves have already brought in one Upton brother this offseason. Why not make it two?
Frank Wren made team history by signing B.J. Upton back in November to a franchise record five-year, $75 million contract to play the outfield and (hopefully) hit for a nice combination of average and power.
Like his brother B.J., Arizona’s Justin Upton runs well, hits for power and...
The Atlanta Braves still haven’t ruled out adding another
high-profile outfielder this winter, including free agent Michael Bourn and Arizona
Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton, according to David O’Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Neither Justin Upton nor Michael Bourn has
been ruled out by the Braves, though Bourn still seems unlikely given that he
The Braves pulled it off. Justin Upton will be joining his brother B.J. Upton in the Braves' outfield in 2013. Surprisingly though, the Braves traded their would-be third baseman Martin Prado to the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete the deal. Here's how the deal breaks down, courtesy MLB.com's Mark Bowman and...
Sometimes, you just have to tip your cap to another team. In this case, it's the Braves that deserve the tip of the cap for making a deal for Justin Upton that rivals the type of deal the Phillies should have made in the past.
Justin Upton and B.J. Upton accomplished a rare feat last season when they both cracked their 100th career home run on the same night. If they repeat any milestones going forward, it could be while both wear the same uniform.
The Braves and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade that will send Justin Upton to Atlanta, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. Justin Upton will now...
The Diamondbacks have traded Justin Upton again. This time, he’s actually going away. After he rejected a deal to Seattle, they’ve found a new trade partner in the Atlanta Braves, and have crafted a pretty interesting deal that isn’t at all similar to the one they previously tried to make.
In exchange for Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson, the Diamondbacks reportedly...
The Atlanta Braves have acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Atlanta and Arizona will exchange seven players.
Arizona will recieve Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, Nick Ahmed, Zeke Spruill and Brandon Drury from the Braves. Atlanta will receive Chris Johnson in addition to Upton.
Upton, 23, compiled a .289/.369/.529 line last season while hitting 31 home...
ATLANTA (AP) -- B.J. Upton is excited about the possibility of a family reunion in the Braves' outfield.
He signed a five-year, 75.25 million contract with Atlanta in November. After hearing the Braves may be pursuing a trade with Arizona for his younger brother, Justin Upton, B.J. said on his Twitter account: "Please don't tease me like this... Would be a dream come...
Source: Braves get Justin Upton and Chris Johnson from D-backs for Prado, Delgado, Ahmed and Spruill.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) January 24, 2013
On why Prado was expendable:
Prado under club control for only one more season. Asked for $7.05M in arg, #Braves offered $6.65M. Eligible for free agency end of year.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 24, 2013
The Braves likely will never be able to match of the production of their first Atlanta outfield, which featured Hank Aaron, Felipe Alou and Rico Carter in 1966. However, their new trio of Jason Heyward and the Upton brothers may someday make its mark as well. Two months after signing center fielder B.J. Upton away from the Tampa Bay Rays as a free agent, the Braves acquired younger...
The Arizona Diamondbacks have talked about trading an outfielder for virtually the entire offseason.
Their efforts appear to be finally reaching a conclusion.
The D-Backs have an offer for right fielder Justin Upton, likely from the Atlanta Braves, according to major-league sources. But they renewed contact with the Orioles on Wednesday about a possible deal for left fielder Jason...