Re: Braves to get Justin Upton from D-Backs
posted at 1/25/2013 7:52 AM EST
In response to jasko2248's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
He's hit .898 or better 2 times by the age of 23.
When Justin rakes for the Braves, we'll revisit this and wonder what if...
I'll never "wonder if" because it wasn't "realistic" to think he would come here. I won't "wonder if" if Brett Anderson wins the Cy Young, because he wasn't an option either...
I don't buy into the whole "he wouldn't come here" argument.
Many players put teams with high payrolls on their no trade list to try and gain leverage, but I guess we'll never know. My guess is that, at worst, we'd have had to extend him at a handsome cost, but at his age, no biggie there.
I think we could have offered better than what AZ got. I think my top suggested offer was better.
I'm not calling you out by sating this, but I get the feeling that some here feel like the only players we could have gotten this winter are the only ones Ben ended up getting. And, other think there was nobody better to get at a reasonable cost.
Fair enough point, and I'm definitely one of those "it's not realistic to think he's coming here guys." There are many reasons why, but I certainly don't make things up for the fun of it. I could come out and say, "Justin Upton's no trade to the Sox has nothing to do with leverage. He just hates the cold, doesn't particularly like Boston at all, and wouldn't waive his no-trade to come here under almost any circumstances. He was going to do everything he could to play with his brother and be closer to his Virginia roots, and I know this because I asked people who cover baseball for a living and love to talk about things that they can't put in "print." Is that believable? No, so what's the point? I also understand your frustration with this offseason, but under the circumstances, I happen to think they did pretty well. I'm just glad Larry Lucchino's voice in baseball ops took a backseat for the first ime in a while.
By the way, Im making plans to go to next years winter meetings Jasko. Ill be drinking Monsters all night to try and catch a few conversations...
I really think that although the Ownership group refuses to admit making numerous mistakes, the realize they did and are allowing BC to do his job and giving him the time for his plan to work, or not.
I was also on the "upton wasnt coming here anyway" side as well. Although Moon had some very valid points, I just didnt see it happening from either side.
The Sox plan wouldnt allow them to make such a move and Upton wasnt worth the asking price.
Upton had the Sox on his last 2 NTC and like you said, was looking to play with his brother. I heard that question asked to him and he said it would be a dream come true toplay on the same team as BJ.
The Sox wouldve had to offer something like WMB - Prado RDLR - Delgato Holt - Ahmed and a couple names like Workman and Shaw.
AZ is going for Porcello and will try and flip Ahmed in a deal for him.