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...