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?
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.