In the past 12 hours or so, there’s been a flurry of activity in baseball.
• Justin Upton has been traded, and now he’s joining his brother in a potent Braves outfield. Upton and corner infielder Chris Johnson head to Atlanta in exchange for versatile Martin Prado, shortstop prospect Nick Ahmed, young infielder Brandon Drury and right-handed pitchers Randall Delgado and Zeke Spruill. Instead of a typical prospect package, the Diamondbacks got a group built around arbitration-eligible infielder Prado and second-year big league starter Delgado (who was a huge prospect heading into last year). It’s very different from the Mariners trade that was rejected, but once again, the package is still different from what the Yankees would have been able to offer.
• You know who might fit for the Braves? Chris Dickerson. They have some left-handed bench options, but Jose Constanza isn’t exactly can’t-miss and I’d rather have Dickerson than Jordan Schafer.
• Late last night, Ken Rosenthal reported that Scott Hairston is off the market. He signed a two-yeal deal with the Cubs, who might use him as a platoon outfielder — just like the Yankees would have — but they offered the second year that the Yankees seemed hesitant to give.
• One of the interesting remaining starters is also off the market. Shaun Marcum has signed with the Mets. He got a one-year deal.
• What about the Yankees, you ask… They’ve agreed to a minor league deal with first baseman Dan Johnson. At the least he seems to be Triple-A first base depth — sorry Luke Murton — and I guess he could be an option as a left-handed designated hitter, since that role is still wide open.