Found November 15, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
Free agent center fielder BJ Upton is receiving a lot of interest this offseason as the second best center fielder on the market behind Michael Bourn. Upton is being courted by many teams so far this winter, but two have jumped to the forefront as the favorites: the Phillies and Braves, NL East rivals. The Braves are looking for a center fielder after Bourn's contract demands priced him out of Atlanta's budget, which isn't shocking. The Phillies on the other hand, traded long-time center fielder Shane Victorino to the Dodgers at the trade deadline and mainly rolled with John Mayberry Jr after that trade. Mayberry, who will turn 29 in December, isn't a long-term option in center as a below average defender with severe platoon splits over his entire career. In their pursuits of Upton, there may be an interesting bit of gamesmanship between the two teams. For as desperate as a center fielder as they are (and a left fielder, for that matter), the Braves cannot ...
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