The clacking you hear is the sound of dominoes falling throughout the major leagues.
Wednesday, B.J. Upton agreed to a five-year, $75.25 million contract with the Atlanta Braves.
Thursday, the Washington Nationals acquired center fielder Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins for pitching prospect Alex Meyer.
A quick assessment of what the moves mean for other players in the Hot Stove League:
● The Philadelphia Phillies: Upgrades by National League East rivals on back-to-back days have fueled speculation that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will want to make a splashy offseason move. Free agent Josh Hamilton, whose market is unclear, would match that description.
● Michael Bourn: From a sheer standpoint of available options, this hasn’t been a good week for Bourn and his agent, Scott Boras. The Braves and Nationals were in the market for center field/leadoff types. No more. Will Boras be able to find a team willing to pay Upton-type money to someone with a career OPS of .704?
● Adam La