BJ Upton

  • If You Loved Hating B.J. Upton, You Are Going To Love Yunel Escobar

    If You Loved Hating B.J. Upton, You Are Going To Love Yunel Escobar

    January 7, 2013 at 11:14 am 17 comments

    In a recent column, Buster Olney ranks the Rays infield as the fourth best in MLB, but names Escobar as the “x-factor.” And somebody with the Blue Jays had this very telling quote about Escobar… “Every day, he makes at least one major mistake on defense or running the bases.” […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss How The TV Contract Stacks Up, Longo’s Surgery, And A New Stadium Is Coming To Tampa

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss How The TV Contract Stacks Up, Longo’s Surgery, And A New Stadium Is Coming To Tampa

    November 29, 2012 at 9:27 am 9 comments

    One of the biggest factors in the Rays’ payroll is their television contract which pays them a paltry $20 million per year through the 2016 season. And based on the growth of television deals in recent years as well as strong local ratings, it is reasonable to expect that the […]

     
  • BJ Upton Signs With Braves

    BJ Upton Signs With Braves

    November 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm 10 comments

    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.

     
  • Jonny Gomes’ Contract A Bad Sign For The Rays And Other Odds And Ends

    Jonny Gomes’ Contract A Bad Sign For The Rays And Other Odds And Ends

    November 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm 2 comments

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Jeff Keppinger broke a bone in his leg but says he will be ready by the start of spring training. But more importantly, Heyman says in the same report that it is a strong off-season for part-time, yet productive players like Keppinger. Heyman points […]

     
  • BJ Upton Nearing Decision As Bidding War Erupts

    BJ Upton Nearing Decision As Bidding War Erupts

    November 26, 2012 at 9:20 am 0 comments

    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. […]

     
  • More BJ Upton Rumors

    November 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm 7 comments

    A few tidbits on BJ Upton… Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the Braves are targeting several center fielders but that BJ Upton continues to be their top choice, who are making a “strong push.” [AJC.com] Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com says BJ Upton “could take more recruiting trips” and […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss An Update On The Uptons, Howell’s Future, And More On The Jays’ Megatrade

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss An Update On The Uptons, Howell’s Future, And More On The Jays’ Megatrade

    November 19, 2012 at 9:47 am 9 comments

    There were a couple of minor updates regarding BJ Upton’s free agency this weekend. Braves GM Frank Wren talked about his 6-hour meeting with Upton last week. In addition to meeting with the Braves, Ken Rosenthal says Upton has also already met with the Phillies. And according to Adam Kilgore […]

     
  • BJ Upton Is Now The ‘Top Free Agent Target’ Of The Braves

    BJ Upton Is Now The ‘Top Free Agent Target’ Of The Braves

    November 15, 2012 at 9:15 am 2 comments

    There was some concern that BJ Upton would have a tough time in free agency because there were several other center fielders on the market. But as we mentioned before with the Rangers, several of the teams losing a center fielder will also be in the market for a replacement. […]

     
  • Chipper Jones Releases Picture Of Leg Mangled By BJ Upton

    Chipper Jones Releases Picture Of Leg Mangled By BJ Upton

    November 14, 2012 at 9:25 am 3 comments

    Back in May when the Atlanta Braves visited The Trop, BJ Upton hit a hard line drive that went off the shin of Chipper Jones (see video below). Jones managed to stay in the game, a feat that seems even more remarkable now that we see the damage it caused. […]

     
  • [HAPPY HOUR] BJ Upton Declines Rays’ Offer And Other Odds And Ends

    November 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm 5 comments

    No surprise here, but according to Marc Topkin, BJ Upton has declined the Rays qualifying offer. Upton is now a free agent and free to sign with any team. When he does, the Rays will receive a draft pick as compensation. Here are a few other leftover links to get the […]