Originally written on Macho Row  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The Phillies need a center fielder and it appears they may be one of the final teams in the running to sign free agent center fielder B.J. Upton. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN the Phillies and NL East rival Atlanta Braves are the two teams thought to be in the mix, with reports of a mystery third team also in the bidding process. Braves-Phillies in fascinating bidding war for BJ Upton with mystery team...Braves considered in slight lead with final offers due this week — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 25, 2012 So, who is this mystery team? That remains anyone's guess. The Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals have been suggested to be potential mystery teams for Upton, which could make for an interesting NL East battle. As it stands right now, judging by multiple opinions out there it appears the Braves are the leader in the clubhouse for Upton, who is expected to make his decision this week, but you have to wonder if Ruben Amaro can gain an upper hand before that decision is made final. The question of course is how much can the Phillies afford for a player like Upton, or should they look for a cheaper more economical solution to fill center field. As much as I think it would be a mistake overall, I am starting to cautiously buy in to the idea of signing former Phillie Shane Victorino. When Victorino was traded this season I believed it was he right move to free up some payroll, attempt to change the team chemistry and try to find some younger players to build for the future. That said, with Victorino out there and Upton and Michael Bourne perhaps not in the picture, maybe Victorino would be a possibility. I would just guess Victorino would be willing to return to Philadelphia at a discounted rate compared to what he may receive elsewhere, and compared to other options I would assume Victorino would not be getting top-flight outfielder money. The other option that seems to be mentioned the most is Angel Pagan, a good solid player that can help out with some small ball offense as the team seems to realize they are no longer a home run mashing team. I can't say I would be too opposed to Pagan, and to me Pagan is an overall upgrade from Victorino. But I might not be as opposed to the concept of bringing Victorino back as I once was. Who do you want the Phillies to go with in center field in 2013? Upton? Bourne? Pagan? Victorino? Mayberry? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. Hype this up on BallHyped. Follow Macho Row on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

DeSean Jackson won't reveal target of cryptic Instagram post

Darrelle Revis on Calvin Johnson: 'A man among boys'

LeBron: Teaching Cavs bigger challenge than winning first ring

Jets-Bills game won't be played in Buffalo on Sunday

LeGarrette Blount apologizes to former teammates, fans

Pilar Sanders posts audio of children saying Deion is abusive

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kobe Bryant dishes on trash talk with Dwight Howard

Raiders owner Mark Davis: 'We want to stay here in Oakland'

Terrance Knighton: Broncos fans are ‘high-maintenance'

Ex-NFL player delivers own baby on North Carolina farm

USC players not happy about Josh Shaw reinstatement

FSU student: Books stopped bullets from hitting me

The 10 best college running backs of all-time

Paul George interning with Pacers PR Dept. while injured

Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri: Full card preview

Could Josh Gordon put Cleveland Browns over the top?

Nike cancels 'AI' sneaker in light of Allen Iverson protest

Rick Pitino calls releasing pre-March rankings 'a football thing'

Lauren Hill surprises Devon Still with gift after practice

Raiders fans take out ad calling for Hue Jackson return

Eagles broadcaster has Cowboys turkey for Thanksgiving

Nick Young on his swag: 'I’m like Michael Jackson, Prince'

Le'Veon Bell adds Steelers o-line to award candidacy picture

Ranking the NBA's most exciting rookies

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

10 best college running backs ever

DeSean Jackson mum on cryptic post

Revis on Johnson: 'A man among boys'

LeBron on challenge of leading Cavaliers

LeGarrette Blount issues apology

Ex-NFLer delivers own baby on farm

FSU student: Books stopped bullet

Phelps' alleged GF born a man?

Bears considered benching Cutler?

Can Cardinals win a Super Bowl with Drew Stanton?

Steeler: Blount's release a blessing

WATCH: Carter moved by tribute

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.