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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 Justin Upton's 6-foot-2 frame. Of course, older brother B.J., who signed with the Braves in November, smiled along with the rest of his family in a crowd of cameras, iPhones and media members.
But though the day officially belonged to the Uptons, Wren's facial expressions gave off an impression of pride and satisfaction and anticipation. He knows the moves that were made and the dedication it took to pull them off. Acquiring All-Stars is not a GM's version of a walk in the park, not to mention reeling in five-tool relatives in the prime of their careers.
"We feel really good about it...
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Justin Upton is now an Atlanta Brave yet Arizona Diamondbacks staffer and former player Luis Gonzalez can’t stop talking about him after the blockbuster trade.
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Tweet The Arizona Diamondbacks had seemingly pondered the idea of trading young, talented outfielder Justin Upton forever. Last week it finally happened. Arizona shipped Upton to the Atlanta Braves in a trade that included the super versatile Martin Prado heading the opposite direction. The Braves now boast one of MLB’s best outfields with Jason [...]
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...
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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...
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...
Last week, the Diamondbacks traded Justin Upton to the Braves for Martin Prado and a collection of unexciting prospects. The trade was not particularly well received, and the response didn’t get any more positive in the aftermath, as members of the Diamondbacks organization explained that Upton’s personality wasn’t really what they were looking for.
Luis Gonzalez, special...
We're getting close to the beginning of Spring Training, and things are winding down across the board. But various teams are focusing on some non-player related matters in recent days, and hell, the league as a whole is too with the announcement that either the 2014 or 2015 season would begin in the Netherlands. The Washington Nationals, on the other handed, added a fifth president...