Centerfield Targets: The Real-Life Results

Early in the offseason, Fred compiled a list of possible centerfield targets that could be on the move this winter.  Quite a few of them have moved on already, with the Braves getting B.J. Upton.  I figured I’d ask the question again, now knowing the cost of most of the players.  Which player would have liked to see the Braves acquire?

Sep 30, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays center fielder B.J. Upton (2) hits a home run against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at U.S. Cellular Field. The Rays beat the White Sox 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The front office decided to pay Upton $75M over five years, something both Fred and I have called a good-sized overpay for the position.  Other free agents to sign were Angel Pagan, getting $40M over four years, and Shane Victorino, getting $39M over three years.

There have also been a couple centerfielders traded, with Denard Span only costing the Nationals a high-potential, but raw, 23-year-old pitching prospect.  Ben Revere was acquired by Philadelphia for Vance Worley and a big-armed 23-year-old prospect who struggled this year in AA.

Incumbent Michael Bourn has not signed yet, as he is still holding out for Upton-like money.  Also, the Reds asked about Dexter Fowler, and the Rockies asked for Mike Leake and a couple decent prospects, a bit higher than Revere’s cost.

Which CF would you liked to have seen the Braves acquire this winter, considering their cost?

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  • C Todd Cox

    How about a poll about the left field or bench opening?

    • Lee Trocinski

      Sounds like a good mid-week idea. I want to let this question run its course first, but the LF/3B topic is definitely next on the agenda.

    • fireboss

      Done and done. Check out this post