BJ Upton could be nearing a decision on a new home and a very large contract. According to Marc Topkin, Upton is “looking to make a decision this week.” And right now it sounds like a bidding war is starting to erupt between the Phillies, Braves, and possibly another team.
Jim Bowden of ESPN Radio indeed calls it a “bidding war” and says the Braves are believed to have a “slight lead.” But the most interesting news is that Bowden says there is a “mystery team” involved. The Reds and Nationals are also known to be interested, so neither of them would be considered a “mystery team.” Bowden adds that teams will make final offers this week.
David O’Brien of AJC.com confirms that the Reds are also in the mix and “maybe” the Nationals. However, he predicts that the Braves will ultimately sign Upton after paying more than they originally wanted.
At this point, the biggest factor in any deal may be the length of the contract. Matt Gelb of Philly.com speculates that Upton “could seek” a six-year deal, but that the Phillies “probably prefer” a four-year contract. Gelb wonders if a 5-year deal would be a good compromise, which is what most had predicted. But with so many teams now pushing hard, the team that is willing to add a sixth year might end up with Upton as their new center fielder.