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Braves sign B.J. Upton to five-year deal

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 28, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andy Pettitte just held a conference call. I’ll have highlights on the blog after I get my newspaper story finished, but there was nothing too shocking. Pettitte wouldn’t rule out the idea of pitching again in 2014, but that doesn’t seem to be on his mind. He also said the contract was basically finished before Thanksgiving and came together after only a day or two.

Meanwhile, down in Atlanta, the Braves have signed B.J. Upton to a five-year deal worth $70-75 million. That’s helps set the bar for free agent position players like Nick Swisher.

 
 

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37 Responses to “Braves sign B.J. Upton to five-year deal”

  1. jacksquat November 28th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Do the Braves know which Upton they are getting?

  2. tomingeorgia November 28th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Just listened to Mike Weiner on the fan. He’s a good guy that I knew a little back in the day. Pettit is on right now.

  3. Captain Clutch November 28th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Upton is like the position player version of Burnett. He has the tools but hasn’t lived up to the hype. Thats too much money to spend on a guy hoping that he finally breaks out. Especially for a team like the Braves that never spend any money on free agents.

  4. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    according to the fan index, tickets for braves are 4th lowest in baseball so even with a draw of 2.4M that doesnt produce huge money either. plus no post season revenue.

    they were right in the middle of the pack in team payroll last year, 16th with a payroll of $83M.

    idk anything about their stadium lease but it doesnt look like they are swimming in money to me.

  5. Against All Odds November 28th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    tomingeorgia November 28th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Just listened to Mike Weiner on the fan. He’s a good guy that I knew a little back in the day. Pettit is on right now.

    ———————

    Weiner sounds like a good guy. He’s been through a lot with the tumor but it’s good to see him back.

  6. Locke November 28th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Ys Guy

    idk anything about their stadium lease but it doesnt look like they are swimming in money to me.

    ———-

    They definitely don’t have cash like the Yankees but their 2012 expenses are:

    $203mm – Earnings
    $21mm – Operating
    $102mm – Player Expenses

    Looks like they have more money to spend if they wanted to. I know you’re not trying to get into a discussion about Braves payroll, but I live outside Atlanta and the feeling among the fans here is that they don’t reinvest their earnings back into the team. I may be wrong about this.

    With last year player salaries at $82mm, it seems like a lot to sign BJ to a deal that gives him something like $14/15 a year.

  7. Warning Track Power November 28th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Braves can have BJ

    Way to overpay and reach for BJ Atlanta

  8. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    The market for Swish just got a bit clearer….

  9. Warning Track Power November 28th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    blake-and there will be a team that grossly overpays for
    Swisher as well

  10. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Ys Guy, you’re right. The Braves don’t make anything off their TV deal. They do, however sell a large amount of tickets and sell a ton of merchandise. I may be wrong about this, but I think they were second in merchandise sales last year.

    The braves are a revenue sharing payee team, so they don’t bring in as much revenue as 14 other teams in baseball.

  11. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    5/65 for swish

  12. Chip November 28th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    The market for Swish just got a bit clearer….
    ————————

    Yeah, now he can ask for at least 17 – 20 M/year. Upton doesn’t get on base, strikes out a ton and isn’t a good fielder. He’s fast, young and has some raw power (which Turner field, Nationals Park and Citi Field will negate) but 14m/year – ugh.

  13. Chip November 28th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    5/65 for swish
    —————–

    Oh you and I are coming at this from completely different standpoints – I think Swish easily commands more money than BJ

  14. tomingeorgia November 28th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Problem with the Braves’ TV contract is they’re on three different satellite channels from day to day. I never know where to look, so I rarely bother. Radio out here is worse. Can’t get their flagship in Atlanta, and the local affiliates are low-power AM stations I can’t get, either, when they cut their power after sunset. Bad deal for them. When they were on one channel, all the time, I used to watch, but no more.

  15. Warning Track Power November 28th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm
    5/65 for swish
    ————————————————————————————–
    As much as I like Swish, I hope the Yankees do not give him anywhere near
    the same terms/contract.

  16. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    “Upton doesn’t get on base, strikes out a ton and isn’t a good fielder”

    He’s Id a good fielder….30-30 candidate and is younger than Swish….I think Swish gets like 5/65…..Upton is a legit CFer

  17. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    swisher’s older than bj doesnt steal and doesnt play d as well, but hes a much better hitter. should get close to the same amount.

  18. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Swisher is older and doesn’t play a premium position ….

  19. jacksquat November 28th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I think Swisher will get around the same amount. Better hitter, but less premium position and 3 years older.

  20. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Ys Guy says:
    November 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm
    swisher’s older than bj doesnt steal and doesnt play d as well, but hes a much better hitter. should get close to the same amount.

    He stole 31 bases in 2012

  21. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I think Swish could get as much but don’t think he will get more….. somewhere between 4/60 and 5/75.

    The Braves got Upton for prime years….Swisher is about to exit prime age and plays a corner instead of CF…..

    I know folks don’t like Upton but he was 2 homers away from a 30-30 guy last year

  22. Benny Blanco November 28th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    BJ got 75 million? Damn.

  23. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    mets are going to sign hamilton and swisher (that would be mark hamilton and steve swisher…)

  24. RadioKev November 28th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I’ll bet Swish is 5/80+

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock November 28th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    BJ not a good fielder?? He can Play CF for me 7 days a week and twice on Sundays

  26. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    The Braves could get his brother too if they wanted …..

  27. Warning Track Power November 28th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Alfred
    BJ is suspect on Defense. I have lost count how many fly ball outs turned into fly balls that flew over his head

  28. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Granderson, Upton, Heyward would be a nasty outfield…..we should make that happen after signing Hamilton

  29. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    blake i left out the comma, that was supposed to be’ “swisher’s older than bj, doesn’t steal and …”

  30. RadioKev November 28th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:34 pm
    Granderson, Upton, Heyward would be a nasty outfield…..we should make that happen after signing Hamilton
    ———

    Haha, I can’t tell what that means.

  31. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    biggio yes, piazza yes, schilling, bonds, clemens, sosa, palmeiro and mcgwire no.

  32. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: #Braves, who still need leadoff hitter, had discussed idea of signing Upton AND trading for Span. But talks with #Twins failed to progress.

    They can trade for Gardner for the right price

  33. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    “biggio yes, piazza yes, schilling, bonds, clemens, sosa, palmeiro and mcgwire no.”

    You don’t think Barry Bonds and Clemens are HOFers?

  34. tomingeorgia November 28th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Somebody said the lottery is the most regressive tax ever, and I agree. It’s also the only tax aimed solely at the stupid. OK, I’m $6.00 stupid tonight. Let’s pay a zillion for whatever player. I like my odds better.

  35. Against All Odds November 28th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Schilling is a HOFer as well

  36. comet November 28th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Hey Tom good see you here !

  37. Duh Innings II November 28th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    5/65 for swish

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    No way. ‘Dude turned 32 Sunday. No way any team including the Yankees is signing him for his age 35 and 36 seasons.

    He doesn’t hit for average and steal bases, he plays subpar defense, he’s a postseason chokeartist, and he’d be a disaster if he posted say 17 HR and 73 RBI next season at $13M even if he posted a .360 OBP. It would not be unreasonable to say his HR and RBI production could take a dip.

    Two years @ $13.3M a year for $26.6M total. He turns 34 on 11/25/14. If he’s so good he should command a two to four-year contract after 2014 especially considering Torii Hunter got two years @ $13M a year for his age 38 and 39 years.


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