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B.J. Upton

  1. Phillies lose out on B.J. Upton; will they turn to Michael Bourn?

    Nov 28, 2012, 6:34 PM EST

    Michael Bourn

    Michael Bourn was undoubtedly a stronger player than B.J. Upton in 2012, yet something surprising happened when free agency opened earlier this month; Bourn’s most recent team, the Braves, and his original team, the Phillies, both made Upton the priority in talks. Did it have to do with the price tag? Bourn was seeking more…

  2. Even at $75 million, B.J. Upton a smart signing for Braves

    Nov 28, 2012, 6:12 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    Some will raise their eyebrows. After all, the Braves just gave $75.25 million to a center fielder who has hit under .250 four years running. And it’s not a move without risk. Still, Atlanta’s signing of B.J. Upton to a five-year deal should prove fine in time. He’ll strike out a lot and frustrate fans…

  3. B.J. Upton agrees to five-year, $75 million deal with Braves

    Nov 28, 2012, 4:45 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com now says Upton is “in agreement” with the Braves on a deal, pending a physical exam. UPDATE #2: David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution indicates that it’ll be a five- or six-year contract and says there probably won’t be an official announcement until tomorrow. UPDATE #3: Bob Nightengale of…

  4. Seven teams interested in free agent outfielder Shane Victorino

    Nov 26, 2012, 10:43 PM EST

    Shane Victorino Getty

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that free agent outfielder Shane Victorino is drawing interest from at least seven teams, including the Reds, Indians, Yankees, Rangers, Giants, Rays and Red Sox. While that’s one less than was reported by Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald earlier this month, that’s a pretty healthy market. Victorino is coming…

  5. How about an Upton-Upton-Heyward outfield in Atlanta?

    Nov 25, 2012, 6:28 PM EST

    Justin Upton

    We know the Braves are in hot pursuit of free agent B.J. Upton, who could well be the next top free agent to sign. It makes one wonder if they’d considering pairing the Upton brothers and bringing in Justin from Arizona. On the surface, it seems like a great idea. Neither Upton brother has quite…

  6. B.J. Upton expected to sign with new team this week

    Nov 25, 2012, 11:41 AM EST

    b.j. upton getty

    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 offseason 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…

  7. The Nationals have been in contact with B.J. Upton

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:03 PM EST

    B.J. Upton AP

    It’s officially a battle royal among NL East teams for the services of free agent outfielder B.J. Upton. Upton met with both the Phillies and Braves this week, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have also engaged in some “initial dialogue” and are expected to have “increased communication” in the…

  8. The Phillies met with B.J. Upton

    Nov 16, 2012, 11:02 AM EST

    B.J. Upton Getty

    B.J. Upton is apparently on a grand tour of the N.L. East. Yesterday he met with the Braves. Ken Rosenthal reports today that earlier in the week he met with the Phillies. For his part, he’s enjoying the attention: I’m really blown away by the love other cities are showing me right now. Can’t wait…

  9. B.J. Upton met with the Braves today at Turner Field

    Nov 15, 2012, 8:31 PM EST

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    After reaching a two-year contract with backup catcher Gerald Laird earlier today, the Braves are staying busy. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves hosted free agent outfielder B.J. Upton this afternoon at Turner Field. Both general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez were on hand for the meeting. It’s not clear whether…

  10. Shane Victorino “on the radar” for the Red Sox, Rangers, Indians and Reds

    Nov 10, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    Shane Victorino Getty

    Shane Victorino is coming off his worst season in the majors, but that hasn’t stopped teams from expressing interest in the free agent outfielder. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Victorino is “on the radar” for the Red Sox, Rangers, Indians and Reds, among other teams in the market for outfield help. Victorino, who turns…

  11. Rays could emerge as front-runners for Justin Upton

    Nov 9, 2012, 7:15 PM EST

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    The Rays may have an Upton in their lineup next season after all. While B.J. Upton declined a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer earlier today and is expected to land a lucrative multi-year contract in free agency, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears from rival executives that the Rays might emerge as the front-runners to pull…

  12. Basically every single free agent has declined their teams’ qualifying offers

    Nov 9, 2012, 5:41 PM EST

    No

    There are some still trickling in — and it’s possible I may have missed one — but it appears as though every single free agent who was given a qualifying offer by their team has declined them. Josh Hamilton, Adam LaRoche, Michael Bourn, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda, Kyle Lohse and B.J. Upton have…

  13. The Phillies have talked to B.J. Upton’s agent

    Nov 8, 2012, 9:35 PM EST

    B.J. Upton AP

    There isn’t a lot going on at the General Manager Meetings from a transaction perspective, but many teams are laying the groundwork for possible signings and trades down the road. With that in mind, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was told by a source that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has spoken with B.J. Upton‘s…

  14. Rafael Soriano, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and B.J. Upton to reject qualifying offers

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:47 PM EST

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    Those free agents who received one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offers last week must decide by 5 p.m. ET tomorrow whether to accept them. David Ortiz finalized a two-year, $26 million extension with the Red Sox earlier this week, so that leaves eight players with a decision to make: Josh Hamilton, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki…

  15. History suggests that Michael Bourn is likely to be a bust

    Nov 5, 2012, 11:26 PM EST

    Michael Bourn

    Center field is the one strong position in free agency this winter, and many teams appear to see view Michael Bourn as the head of a class that also includes B.J. Upton, Angel Pagan and Shane Victorino. I do no share that view. Bourn turns 30 next month. He was one of the NL’s better…

  16. Josh Hamilton, David Ortiz among free agents to receive qualifying offers

    Nov 2, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Under the new collective bargaining agreement Type A and Type B free agent designations have been ditched in favor of teams needing to make a “qualifying offer” to free agents in order to receive compensation for their departure. Qualifying offers are basically one-year deals for the average salary of the top 125 highest-paid players, which…

  17. The Phillies are seen as a favorites for B.J. Upton

    Nov 2, 2012, 9:52 AM EST

    B.J. Upton

    Most Phillies fans around these parts have talked about Ruben Amaro going after Michael Bourn. But like Yoda said — and now Jon Heyman reports — there is another: The Braves will make a qualifying offer Friday to Michael Bourn, and the Rays will make one to B.J. Upton, as well. But the top two…

  18. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

  19. Don Zimmer is coming back for a 65th season

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Don Zimmer, Evan Longoria

    Don Zimmer will spend a 65th season in baseball, as the Rays announced that the 82-year-old will continue his role as senior baseball advisor after being away from the team for a while this season due to health problems. Next year will be his 10th season with the Rays, which matches the length of time…

  20. Tigers win, White Sox fall three back with three to play

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    The Tigers bested the Twins 2-1 in Minnesota on Sunday, but the White Sox failed to keep pace,  losing 6-2 to the Rays to fall three games back in the AL Central with three to play. B.J. Upton hit his 27th and 28th homers for Tampa Bay, and David Price was in control, yielding two…

  21. The Mets are not going to pursue any big name outfielders

    Sep 26, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

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    The Mets outfield is a pretty ugly mess, but don’t think the free agent market is gonna fix it. Andy Martino reports: Let’s do this once, to save us a winter of speculation: B.J. Upton? No. Michael Bourn? No. Shane Victorino? No. None of these players will be a Met in 2013, according to two…

  22. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 24, 2012, 5:30 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 4, White Sox 1: Did you know that if you win the AL Central that you contract a horrible disease? If you answered yes, you must be either the Tigers or the White Sox. That’s five straight losses for Chicago. Jered Weaver wins his 19th, allowing one run over six and a third. Kendrys…

  23. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 21, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Nationals' Wang throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 2 of their MLB National League baseball doubleheader in Washington

    Nationals 4, Dodgers 1: Congrats to the Nats for clinching the first postseason birth for a D.C. team since 1933. Pour one out for Joe Cronin, Moe Berg, Lefty Stewart and Heinie Manush. Reds 5, Cubs 3: And congratulations to the Reds too, who clinched their spot hours before the Nats did.  The Reds are…

  24. ESPN is way off with its early free agent calls

    Sep 12, 2012, 2:34 AM EST

    Edwin Jackson

    By division, here’s a list of teams I can see opening up the wallets for a $10 million-plus-per-year pitcher this winter: Blue Jays, Orioles, Red Sox, Yankees Royals, Tigers, White Sox Angels, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Phillies Astros, Brewers, Cubs, Pirates Dodgers And here’s a list of the elite pitching free agents available…

  25. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:00 AM EST

    B.J. Upton

    Rays 6, Rangers 0: That, my friends, is B.J. Upton.  Three homers for big brother and a two-hit shutout for James Shields. This will make Rays fans feel really good until Texas bounces them easily in the division series again. Marlins 8, Nationals 0: The Nats have not won a game since they shut down Stephen…

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