The Atlanta Braves have long sought after the Upton brothers, and this offseason they acquired both B.J. and Justin. But will Turner Field get to watch two of the most naturally gifted athletes in Major League Baseball, or two of the most enigmatic, frustrating players ever to step on the diamond?
The truth is a little of both. While Atlanta gave up a fair amount in terms of prospects — not to mention Martin Prado, the guy they projected to take over at third base for Chipper Jones – right now it gives them perhaps the second-best outfield in baseball, behind the Angels and whoever they team up with Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout. Combining the Upton brothers with Jason Heyward gives Atlanta of the most athletic, flatly talented outfields ever.
But it still won’t make them an N.L. East champion in 2013.
The problem is, as talented as we know the Uptons are, a large part of the infatuation with them is based on what evaluators think they’re capable of, not how they’ve actually produced...