Found January 30, 2013 on Diamond Hoggers:
PLAYERS: Justin Upton
TEAMS: Atlanta Braves
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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...

Wren, Braves confident in outfield's defense

ATLANTA The proud parents sat in the crowd with their oldest son, but Frank Wren wasn't smiling any less onstage. The Braves general manager, glowing right along with his green tie, introduced his newest cornerstone to what he and his staff strongly believe to be a World Series contender Tuesday, helping his manager, Fredi Gonzalez, hold up a No. 8 jersey in front of outfielder...

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...

Justin Upton finds new home in Braves' lineup

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. Gonzalez says his juggling days are over. Gonzalez says Justin Upton will be the...

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...

Gonzalez: Justin Upton to bat 3rd in Braves lineup

ATLANTA (AP) -- 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. Gonzalez says his juggling days are over. Gonzalez says Justin...

Upton finds new home in Braves lineup

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...

Hot Stove Update

                    One big move and a few middling ones has kept the hot stove burning warm through the end of January.  Let’s review: Justin Upton was trade to the Atlanta Braves along with Chris Johnson for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado and some minor leaguers including Zeke Spruill and Brandon Drury.  Upton had previously invoked his no trade clause on a deal...

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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