Found November 27, 2012 on
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It happens every off-season, teams get into a frenzied bidding situation for a high profile free agent. Just when we think we know who he is going to sign with- BAM! They strike out of nowhere! The mystery team!!!
You never believe it when they are mentioned in rumors. You scoff and mock the reporter who even suggests their presence. But then, lo and behold, that's who the free agent picks much like Albert Pujols chose the Angels, Prince Fielder chose the Tigers, Cliff Lee chose the Phillies. The list goes on and on. Like it or not, the mystery team is here to stay and once again positioned to play a major role.
Take B.J. Upton for example. He's days away from picking a new home and the latest reports suggest he has narrowed down the finalists to a few teams including, you guessed it, the mystery team!
So who could it be?
The Braves, Phillies, Nationals and Reds have all been heavily linked to Bourn in recent days. With so much of...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Atlanta Braves never seemed to have much interest in bringing Michael Bourn back. He was fantastic while he was with them, but it's understandable that the club wanted to go younger. And they did yesterday - just not much younger. The Braves signed free agent B.J. Upton, and the eight-year veteran will now be patrolling the Braves' outfield.
According to Dave...
We learned yesterday that free agent center fielder B.J.
Upton is expected to make a decision on where he’ll be playing next season in
the near future. While the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies are viewed
as the frontrunners to sign Upton, the Cincinnati Reds and maybe even the
Washington Nationals also have interest in the free agent, reports David O’Brien
The Braves wasted little time in making a statement in free agency.
Atlanta has reportedly agreed to a five-year 75.25 million deal with center fielder B.J. Upton, marking the largest free-agent contract in the franchises history.
Upton, 28, had spent his entire major-league career with the Rays. Last season he hit .246 with a career-high 28 home runs, 78 RBIs and 31 stolen bases...
A bidding war is brewing in the NL East for a speedy center fielder.
The Braves and Phillies are the finalists for B.J. Upton, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, though there may be a mystery team involved as well. The Reds or Nationals could be that mystery team. Both of those teams are also interested in the former Rays outfielder, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal...
For several months, now, the Atlanta Braves have looked like a fitting future home for B.J. Upton. Once Upton officially became a free agent, the Braves made no secret of their interest, and in fact nearly two weeks ago it was suggested to me that I begin writing about Upton signing with Atlanta. That turned out to be not so much a false alarm as a hasty one — Upton didn’t sign...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a five-year contract, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday night.
The deal is expected to be announced Thursday once Upton passes his physical. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.
Several media outlets reported the...
Most highly-coveted free agents will wait until the Winter Meetings (held in early December) to begin seriously considering their options. But a few pieces of the off-season puzzle typically fall into place a little early. And this year will apparently be no different. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes in his Sunday column…
The Atlanta Braves lost one speedy centerfielder in Michael Bourn to free agency this offseason, but gained another to take his place.
Numerous sources are reporting that former Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton signed with the Braves on Wednesday. Upton’s contract with the team is reportedly worth $75.25 million over five seasons. The 28-year-old was the Braves’ primary...
Give a General Manager a blank check, and he'll most likely waste it on a player with hype. The Atlanta Braves and B.J. Upton agreed to a five year $75.25 million contract (pending a physical), skewing the market and all but assuring that Michael Bourn will probably now get the $100 million contract that he is seeking. At the same exact moment, Tinker Bell died. Well played Mr...
Ruben Amaro always seems to get his man. This year though the Philadelphia Phillies take a back seat in the B.J. Upton sweepstakes as he signed a 5 year $75 million contract with the division rival Atlanta Braves.
With the Phillies top free agent target gone, where do they turn? Is Josh Hamilton an option even though he is older, has issues and hits left handed? Should the Phillies...
The Atlanta Braves and free agent center fielder B.J Upton have agreed to terms, CBSSports Jon Heyman has reported.The 28-year-old Upton is coming off a season in which he batted .246/.298/.454 for the Rays with 28 homers and 31 steals in 37 attempts.
Upton provides the Braves with right-handed power in their lineup. He has hit 70 homers since 2009, ninth among center fielders,...
The Atlanta Braves have made a splash this offseason as they have signed centerfielder B.J. Upton, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Bob Nightengale of USA Today adds that the deal is for five-years and is worth $70mm-$75mm.
Upton hit .246/.298/.446 with 28 home runs and 78 RBIs but struck out a career high 169 times in 573 at bats. He did also steal 31 bases while being caught...
This year on Black Friday, we didn't see any GMs make any big moves for great, low prices, though the Red Sox did overpay for Jonny Gomes on Wednesday. Will we see anything today, on Cyber Monday, or throughout the rest of the week? Perhaps. BJ Upton will reportedly be making a decision on where he'll play in 2013 and beyond this week, and the finalists are reportedly the...