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  1. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 24, 2013, 6:23 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 5, Rangers 4: Howie Kendrick with two homers, including the walkoff in the 11th. Kendrick after the game: “It’s a great feeling to know that you can leave the other team on the field” I hope someone brings the Rangers some food overnight. Maybe go back to their hotel, get guys a change of…

  2. Justin Upton hasn’t proven the naysayers wrong just yet

    Apr 23, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Justin Upton smashed his major league-high 10th homer Tuesday in the Braves’ 4-3 win over the Rockies. He’s hit three more homers than anyone else in the majors, and in just 19 games, he’s already more than halfway to surpassing his total of 17 from 150 games last year. On the other hand, Justin Upton…

  3. Why am I watching this Braves-Rockies game?

    Apr 23, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies

    It was 23 degrees for the first pitch of the Braves-Rockies game. It’s the coldest game on record at Coors Field. And it’s the first of a day-night doubleheader. Guys are slaughtering tauntauns out there just to keep warm in between pitches. In the fourth inning B.J. Upton struck out on a 64 m.p.h. pitch…

  4. James Shields is puzzled by Evan Longoria’s comments

    Apr 4, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    The other day Evan Longoria offered some strange words for former teammates James Shields and B.J. Upton, strongly implying that, now that they were gone, all the bad juju from the Devil Rays era was gone, as those two has some things in their head “that were tough for them to get beyond.” Never mind that…

  5. 2013 Preview: Boston Red Sox

    Mar 26, 2013, 3:19 AM EDT

    Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Boston Red Sox. The Big Question: will the offseason spending spree prove worth it? Coming off a disastrous season…

  6. The Steak is Served. Was it worth it?

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

    kyle lohse getty

    Back in January, Scott Boras said this to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick regarding his then un-signed free agent clients, Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse: “People call me all the time and say, ‘Man, your players aren’t signed yet. Well, it doesn’t really matter what time dinner is when you’re the steak.” Now steak is served, and…

  7. 2013 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

    Mar 18, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: is this the year Evan Longoria challenges for the MVP award? Longoria has…

  8. Indians and Michael Bourn agree to a four-year, $48 million contract

    Feb 11, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    bourn getty

    After seeing the market for his services dwindle for nearly the entire offseason, Michael Bourn has finally found a home. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Bourn has agreed to a contract with the Indians. The deal is worth $48 million over four years and includes a vesting option for a fifth year which…

  9. Michael Bourn wants a five-year deal

    Jan 28, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

    michael bourn getty

    Among free agent outfielders, Shane Victorino got three years. Angel Pagan and Nick Swisher got four. Josh Hamilton and B.J. Upton got five years. Michael Bourn wants five years too: Latest on Michael Bourn negotiations: He wants at least five years, and Mets aren’t willing to go there. — Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) January 28, 2013   Hamilton is…

  10. Notes and thoughts on the Justin Upton trade

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Martin Prado

    Braves acquire OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson from Diamondbacks for 3B Martin Prado, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, SS Nick Ahmed and 1B Brandon Drury. – As some probably guessed, I’m a big fan of this deal for the Braves. I wrote an entry trying to pair the Upton brothers in Atlanta…

  11. The Justin Upton trade: The Braves get their man, the Diamondbacks do better than expected

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Justin Upton AP

    Justin Upton was being dangled by the Diamondbacks forever, but he’s finally out the door. It’s a five-for-two deal: Braves get: (OF) Justin Upton, (3B) Chris Johnson Diamondbacks get: (3B) Martin Prado, (RHP) Randall Delgado, (SS) Nick Ahmed, (RHP) Zeke Spruill, and (1B) Brandon Drury. For all the talk that the Diamondbacks’ leverage was gone when Upton…

  12. UPDATE: The Braves have acquired Justin Upton for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado and prospects

    Jan 24, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

    upton, justin (getty)

    UPDATE: The return is … interesting. Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are getting not just Justin Upton, but Chris Johnson as well. In return, Atlanta is sending them Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, shortstop prospect Nick Ahmed and starting pitcher Zeke Spruill. Much bigger trade than expected. We’ll break it down shortly. UPDATE: Jon Heyman reports…

  13. Michael Bourn is still waiting for some love

    Jan 20, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    Considered by many as the No. 2 free agent hitter available this winter, Michael Bourn has now gone three months with seemingly no market developing for his services. The Braves struck early to sign B.J. Upton to replace him. The Phillies also targeted Upton and then traded for Ben Revere after coming up short. The…

  14. Report: Mets interested in trading for Justin Upton

    Jan 11, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

    justin upton getty

    We heard earlier today that the Mets are looking at free agent Scott Hairston as a “fallback option” and will only sign him if they can’t find someone better for their outfield. It’s not a surprise who they have on their wish list. Sources tell Marc Carig of New York Newsday that the Mets are…

  15. Braves haven’t closed the door on re-signing Michael Bourn

    Jan 6, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    bourn getty

    Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and “Inside Pitch” on SiriusXM provides these juicy nuggets: When the Braves inked B.J. Upton to a five-year, $75.25 million free agent contract back in November, most assumed they were done with big spending. But a market for Bourn has failed to develop — largely due to the new draft pick…

  16. Orioles interested in Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel

    Jan 5, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    kubel getty

    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in acquiring corner outfielder Jason Kubel from the Diamondbacks but are “disinclined” at this point to meet Arizona’s demands, which center around young pitching. The D’Backs have an overly crowded outfield and are currently shopping both Kubel and Justin Upton. Upton has drawn serious…

  17. Diamondbacks and Padres have discussed Justin Upton-for-Chase Headley deal

    Jan 5, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    justin upton getty

    Justin Upton has been mentioned in trade rumors for a long time now, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has a new one. And it’s pretty juicy. Justin Upton for Chase Headley? The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres have held on-and-off discussions about a trade involving those players since July, but the talks have…

  18. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  19. The Phillies might not be done

    Dec 8, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    After acquiring center fielder Ben Revere from the Twins on Thursday and third baseman Michael Young from the Rangers earlier today, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. might have a bigger trick up his sleeve in the days ahead. Phillies fans better hope so, at least if they…

  20. What does Michael Bourn do now?

    Dec 6, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    It’s safe to say the Twins won’t be getting a Christmas card from Michael Bourn, not after they filled the center field needs of two of his most likely suitors this winter. With Denard Span in D.C., Ben Revere in Philadelphia, B.J. Upton in Atlanta and Angel Pagan in San Francisco, the market for Bourn…

  21. Braves sign Reed Johnson to one-year deal with option

    Dec 6, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Reed Johnson

    Even though Reed Johnson struggled after coming over from the Cubs in the Paul Maholm-Arodys Vizcaino deal in July, the Braves saw something they liked. They re-signed the veteran outfielder to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014. Johnson, who turns 36 later this week, hit .302/.355/.444 in 169 at-bats for the Cubs…

  22. Michael Bourn-to-Phillies possibility heating up

    Dec 5, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    Things are no longer quiet with Michael Bourn‘s market; Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that the Phillies are “past the tire-kicking stage” with the speedy center fielder. Bourn to the Phillies became a popular rumor as soon as Shane Victorino was dealt to the Dodgers during the season, opening up a big hole in center…

  23. Red Sox gear up for 85 wins with Shane Victorino in right field

    Dec 4, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    In looking at Shane Victorino’s future last night, I concluded that he wasn’t a bad bet to last as a quality regular for a few more years, in spite of his down 2012 season. Still, I wouldn’t have recommended wagering $39 million on it. That’s the gamble the Red Sox took today in committing to…

  24. Mariners interested in Michael Bourn, meeting with Scott Boras

    Dec 4, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    When the Mariners announced after the season that they were bringing in the fences at Safeco, the obvious reaction was that they were trying to help their chances of luring a power hitter this winter, and they have been connected to Justin Upton in trade talks and Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Adam LaRoche in…

  25. Report: Phillies talk to Rockies about Dexter Fowler

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Rich Dauer, Dexter Fowler, Pedro Alvarez

    The Phillies, having already missed out on B.J. Upton, Angel Pagan and Denard Span as possibilities for center field, have talked to the Rockies about Dexter Fowler, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports. The Rockies don’t need to move Fowler, who is due about $5 million in arbitration next year, but they’re open to the possibility if…

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