Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com polled 22 General Managers and Assistant GMs on a variety of hot stove season topics, seven questions in all. Of the seven I found these two to be the most compelling.
Given a choice between these two speedy free-agent center fielders, B.J. Upton and Michael Bourn, which player would you rather sign?
Responses: Bourn 14; Upton 7; no opinion 1.
The outfield position is well-stocked this winter, with Hamilton, Angel Pagan, Torii Hunter, Cody Ross, Shane Victorino, Nick Swisher and Ryan Ludwick all readily available for the right price. Upton and Bourn make for an intriguing debate because they’re close in age, play a premium defensive position and provide different skills sets.
Upton, 28, has become a different hitter with age. Since 2008, his home run total has increased from 9 to 11 to 18 to 23 to 28. In that same span, his on-base percentage has taken a free fall from .383 to .298. According to FanGraphs, Upton swung at 15 percent of pitches outside the s...