We learned yesterday that free agent center fielder B.J.
Upton is expected to make a decision on where he’ll be playing next season in
the near future. While the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies are viewed
as the frontrunners to sign Upton, the Cincinnati Reds and maybe even the
Washington Nationals also have interest in the free agent, reports David O’Brien
of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Probably. But Reds also have interest, & maybe Nats. RT @biggy_man: @ajcbravesdo you thinks its between Atlanta and philly for upton
— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) November 25, 2012
Philadelphia has made signing a center fielder its priority,
while the Braves also have a vacancy in center they need filled with Michael
Bourn hitting the open market after the season.
The Nationals have had an athletic center fielder on their
radar for years now, and Upton’s been one of the players tied to Washington.
Jim Bowden of ESPN also believes the Braves and Phillies are
in a bidding war for Upton, while he adds that there’s a “mystery team” in the
mix for the free agent. These mystery teams can sometimes be nothing more than
a ploy by the player’s agent to drive up the asking price. However, we’ve also
seen darkhorse clubs swoop in at the last minute to unexpectedly ink players over
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