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BJ Upton will largely replace the speed lost with departure of Michael Bourn in CF
Charged with the mission of replacing future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones AND All-Star center-fielder Michael Bourn in this Atlanta lineup, Braves GM Frank Wren had a whale of a task ahead of him this winter. Well, okay… with plenty of trade chips and cash to spend, perhaps a “whale” is overstating it. But at the very least, he faced a Bob Wickman of a task.
He pulled it off.
A pair of Uptons did the trick. Some have pointed out that the Braves actually lost ground in the lineup, if you go by WAR (an advanced metric–WAR stands for “wins above replacement”). But sometimes no single number, even an aggregate stat like WAR, tells the whole story. The reality is that this lineup is now significantly more talented than it was on opening day a year ago.
Recently, noted baseball prognosticator Bill James released his projections for the 2013 Atlanta Braves lineup. If James proves at all prophetic, Braves fans...
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There were tears. But that was to be expected.
A mother's pride can only manifest itself in so many ways, so when Yvonne Upton sat down beside her older son B.J. while her younger son, Justin, was announced as an Atlanta Brave, she could be forgiven a dab or two around the eyes.
"This is the greatest day for us," Yvonne said after the press conference. "It&...
The debate rages on whether or not the Mets should forfeit their first-round pick, the #11 selection overall, in order to sign free agent Michael Bourn. Those in favor of the move point out that Bourn would address a major need for the Mets while those opposed think the club is unlikely to contend while Bourn would be good and that the club would be better off continuing its youth...
The Dodgers may not be done shopping yet folks. Rumors are starting to surface that the Dodgers have interest in Michael Bourn and Scott Rolen. Jon Heyman writes that at least one prominent Dodgers player contacted Bourn encouraging him to sign in Los Angeles. That move seems a bit puzzling no doubt. The Dodgers have plenty of logjams on their roster, adding Bourn to the mix would...
The New York Mets are continuing negotiations with free agent
outfielder Michael Bourn, according to Mike Puma of The New York Post. However,
Bourn is still seeking a five-year commitment, an offer the Mets are unwilling
to extend at this point.
Latest on Michael Bourn negotiations: He wants at least five years, and Mets aren't willing to go there.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets...
Last week, the Texas Rangers indicated they were happy with
the current makeup of their team, including their outfield. Following Nelson
Cruz’s ties to the south Florida performance-enhancing drug scandal and the
potential suspension that could result, Buster Olney of ESPN wonders if the
Rangers will now pursue free agent center fielder Michael Bourn.
TEX determined that...
On Saturday. Richard Justice of MLB.com reported that the Mets will have little to no interest in signing Michael Bourn to a contract if they are unable to protect their first round pick.
The New York Mets have no interest in signing free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn if it means surrendering their top 2013 Draft pick, the 11th overall. If you’re wondering why a rebuilding team...
The Mets community is having a field day with Michael Bourn these days. I figured I might as well chime in too.
First, let’s establish the basics:
The Mets will (most likely) lose the 11th pick in the 2013 first-year player draft if they sign Bourn.
Michael Bourn is a Scott Boras client. If the Mets were to sign Bourn, he’s probably going to get a deal in the five-year range...
The New York Mets interest in free agent centerfielder Michael Bourn appears to be very real. In fact, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported this morning that “general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco travelled to Houston last week to have dinner with free agent center fielder Michael Bourn and his agent, Scott Boras.”
There’s been a lot of debate as...
Surprisingly, these Mets might be a player for a major free agent. That’s good news. It speaks to the overall financial health of the organization – as a separate entity from Sterling Equities or SNY – in a favorable light for the first time in four years. That the Mets are in a position to throw substantial money at a player who is at the same time the most prominent name...
By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA -- Fredi Gonzalez sat down and started writing out projected lineups last week as soon as he heard the Braves had traded for Justin Upton.
It didn't take long. The manager says making out lineups just got easier.
Gonzalez used 107 lineups last year, sometimes adjusting due to the opposing pitcher.
He said his juggling days are over...
When I’m wrong I’m always the first to admit it. It’s a habit I picked up while serving my country and learning how some mistakes, no matter how slight, could have significant ramifications on the rest of my company, division, etc. Better to get it out of the way so that we can reassess, readjust and reengage. That said, you always go with whatever your best intel is at the...
Latest on Michael Bourn negotiations: He wants at least five years, and Mets aren’t willing to go there.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) January 28, 2013
The New York Post is reporting that a meeting took place last week between the Mets front office, Michael Bourn, and Bourn’s high-powered representative Scott Boras. While Boras and Bourn are still holding out hope for a five-year...
I seriously doubt the New York Mets front office has the Super Bowl checked off on their calendar as some sort of deadline for having certain issues handled, but for most fans, focus is likely to shift (if it hasn’t already) as the weekend approaches. So as the NFL playoffs come to climax this Sunday and we we scurry to check out the Super Bowl 47 odds before determining our...