Found February 01, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
With Chipper Jones' uniform No. 10 likely to join the former third baseman in retirement, Justin Upton will switch to No. 8 in Atlanta. However, the newest Brave likely will inherit the future Hall of Famer's one-time slot in the batting order. Manager Fredi Gonzalez has already penciled in the left fielder as his No. 3 hitter, and the Braves go into spring training excited about what the revamped offense -- with Justin joining brother B.J. Upton -- can produce in 2013. Andrelton Simmons, who has played just 49 major league games, may be a question mark at the leadoff spot. However, the rest of the lineup is strong from top to bottom, especially if catcher Brian McCann can bounce back fully after shoulder surgery. Right fielder Jason Heyward likely will hit second, and Gonzalez hopes that McCann will be able to regain the cleanup spot. Center fielder B.J. Upton would hit fifth ahead of first baseman Freddie Freeman as the Braves continue to split right- and left-handed...

The Upton Brothers Make Atlanta the Uptown Boys

Philadelphia has always been considered the City of Brotherly Love, but the Atlanta Braves are now the Uptown Boys with the Upton brothers. After the excellent signing of BJ Upton earlier this off-season they have finalized a deal last week with the Arizona Diamondbacks to pick up his brother Justin. Teaming with the Upton brothers is Jason Heyward, giving the Braves the best outfield...

Justin Upton impresses at introductory press conference

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Braves Line-Up Resembles Steak and Ice Cream

The Braves line-up will be on a power trip this season I really want to get excited about the trade that brought Justin Upton to Atlanta.  What is strange, is that I really like Justin Upton, and think he will do great things for the Braves.  Upton could potentially be the Braves’ best position player. So why am I not yet “all in” on this Justin Upton trade? To borrow a basketball...

Mevs’ Thoughts on the Justin Upton Trade

Burning questions facing Braves third basemen

For all the positives -- both short- and long-term -- that can be derived from the Braves' celebrated acquisition of Justin Upton last week, there is one consequence to ponder when looking at Atlanta's updated depth chart: What will become of third base? Last month, my colleague Zach Dillard penned an excellent Burning Questions regarding the state of the Braves at third...

D-backs sign Prado for four years

The Justin Upton trade suddenly looks better for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-Backs locked up infielder/outfielder Martin Prado on Thursday, signing him to a four-year contract. The deal, which was announced by the team, is for $40 million, according to a major-league source. Prado, 29, was the most significant piece that the Diamondbacks acquired for Upton in a seven-player...

Prado’s Arizona Contract is Salt in His Fans’ Wounds

Justin Upton brings speed and power to the Braves line-up Martin Prado was a very popular Atlanta Brave.  The quiet man was a consumate team player, was hard as nails, and played with grit and determination. While Justin Upton is considered an excellent acquisition, many Braves’ fans are very unhappy to see Prado leave. It was bad enough when the trade was announced, but the recent...

What the Justin Upton Trade Can Teach Us About Fantasy Baseball Strategy

Photo Credit: vail2012 While the Arizona Diamondbacks’ trade of Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves for Martin Prado and a grab bag of prospects won’t have a ton of fantasy impact for the players involved, it can teach us a worthwhile lesson about fantasy baseball strategy. The lesson: In baseball, there’s no such thing as absolute value. ESPN’s Keith Law trashed Arizona...

Braves vs Nats: Whose lineup is stronger?

Recently, we pointed out how strong this Atlanta lineup has a chance to be. But how does the Braves lineup compare to that of the defending NL East Champion Washington Nationals? Good question! Let’s have a look. As with our most recent post, we’ll borrow Bill James’ projections. Again no one’s projections ever prove entirely accurate–or even close to it. But James’ prognostications...
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