I’m thinking the Braves thought it better to pay B.J. Upton and keep their pitching prospects than trade one of them for Span. So with Upton the Braves are not just paying for him. They are paying to keep their young, cheap pitching.
Great show guys. However comparing Upton to Andruw Jones isn’t fair to Andruw. Andruw was a once in a lifetime defensive talent who was worth 15 million with his glove alone. He was also better offensively than Upton.
I don’t think he’s going to be the type of player over the next four years that makes us regret not going after him harder, but I love that the Phillies struck out on him and didn’t get a free agent they were going after.
Word is that the Braves aren’t interested in any of the remaining free agent outfielders. This makes me think that we are getting closer to a Prado/Constanza/Johnson platoon for left field, which is pretty much the worst case scenario.
Something tells me the Braves are thinking fairly big, as far as leftfield is concerned. Wren may be trying to send the signal that they aren’t desperate to fill the void to make a trade more favorable for the Braves.
Victorino’s contract is laughable. He has never made more than $10 million in a year, and now he gets a 3 year contract worth $13 million AAV? What the hell is Boston doing? Other than unnecessarily driving up the outfield market, of course.
I’ll admit the irony in my #19 post — some could argue that Braves are overpaying for Upton. But paying $75 mil for Upton over 5 years is, I think, a bit different than paying $39 million over 3 years for Victorino.
At the risk of stating the obvious, I will be sooooooo disappointed if we don’t acquire a big impact player for left. And Curt, I agree that the numbers we’re seeing from Francisco will only serve to point the Braves toward the wrong decision.