Bob Nightengale of USAToday.com is reporting (via Twitter) that BJ Upton has agreed to a 5-year, $75.25 million contract. The deal is pending a physical.
So that 5-year, $75.0 million contract I predicted back in September? My bad.
I'd say you were pretty damn close, props!
I've been a Braves fan since 1955. I'm sorry to see them sign BJ. Go Rays!
Congrats to BJ. Braves seem like as good a fit as team could be. Spacious centerfield to glide around, facing NL pitching and a relatively low profile franchise with a fan base and local media not know for thier cannabalism.
If they look at his last 5 years, and that is thier expectations for the next 5 then they will be happy.
The only reasonable disappointment for a guy who didnt miss more than 10 games a year, could come through injury.
Mike Fontenot to replace Keppinger.
Not to bad. Almost $100,000 per game. Must be nice to wake up in the morning knowing that. Good Luck BJ!
Don't know much about Braves coaching (hitting), but if they do have someone who can help BJ with his hitting stroke,headposition, ability to follow the ball ( the Rays couldn't), he could turn into a .275-.280 hitter with some power and speed, probably worth the money BUT if he continues to hit .240 lead the league in strike outs 150+ a yr. they are very welcome to him, at least I don't have to watch that mess all summer, there are plenty of .200 hitters on the team now...
Nice call Cork. Good for Bossman.
But personally, I'm kind of relieved I don't have to suffer through his at bats any more. He was just one of those guys I never looked forward to his turn in the line-up, he felt un-clutch to me (I know clutchiness is a myth, but still) and he just struck out so often with that long swing.
I hope he gets Crawforditis.
** I think he knew he was going to Atlanta the whole time, i.e. the Deon dance after his walk-off Sept. 20th against the Sox(?)! **
Does anyone else think this has any merit???
Atlanta is a much better fit for BJ upton,much calmer sports mentality, don't think Upton and Philly Fan get along.....before trouble in paradise...
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