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Bless You Boys Jan 30, 2016

Detroit Tigers transaction blog: Tigers trade Jefry Marte for IF Kody Eaves

Eaves, 22, is a second baseman with limited offensive upside. The final ripples of the Justin Upton signing are complete. On Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers announced that they traded first baseman Jefry Marte to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for infield prospect Kody Eaves. Marte, who made his major league debut in 2015, was designated for assignment last week to make room for Upton on the 40-man roster. He showed solid versatility, playing both first and third base, but struggled at the plate, hitting .213/.284/.413 in 33 games. He enjoyed an impressive season at Triple-A Toledo prior...
Friars on Base Jan 25, 2016

Using WAR to Value the 2015 Padres

Last week we took a look at the “clutch” status of Justin Upton, so this week I thought I would use the common “WAR” or Wins Above Replacement as defined by the sabermetric community. So who led the Padres and who might be poised to help replace player losses in 2016? Let’s start again with […] Using WAR to Value the 2015 Padres - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
River Ave. Blues Jan 25, 2016

Recent free agent signings clear up trade possibilities for Brett Gardner

Over the last week, the two best unsigned free agent outfielders came off the board when Justin Upton signed with the Tigers and Yoenis Cespedes agreed to return to the Mets. Others like Alex Gordon and Denard Span signed a few weeks back, so, with Spring Training a little less than a month away, Dexter […] The post Recent free agent signings clear up trade possibilities for Brett Gardner appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Viva El Birdos Jan 24, 2016

Viva El Birdos Podcast 49: Joe Schwarz discusses the offseason and lineup

Depth, Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes, and Carlos Martinez's incredible arsenal are discussed. We have another podcast for the wonderful listeners out there. Joe Schwarz and Craig Edwards cover a variety of Cardinals subjects. A discussion on Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes and the contracts they receive lead to a discussion on the current outfield options. There was an agreement on the talent level, but multiple question marks. The rotation, repertoire and bullpen is also discussed. If there was a theme to this podcast, it would be depth, as the Cardinals have it. As I noted in my ZiPS...
Bless You Boys Jan 23, 2016

5 more reasons to love the Tigers' Justin Upton deal

Why Justin Upton will be worth every dime of the $132.75 million deal he signed with the Tigers. A large number of No. 1 draft picks never really live up to the hype. Whether due to the pressure of being under the spotlight, being aggressively promoted from the minor leagues too early, or simply not being able to transfer the skill set from amateurs to the paid ranks, there are numerous reasons. Justin Upton isn't one of those players. Since hitting the big leagues in 2007, the new Detroit Tigers left fielder has been nothing if not consistent. He didn't spend a great deal of time down on...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 23, 2016
Detroit Tigers on track to have nine outfielders with big-league experience in camp this spring

Detroit Tigers on track to have nine outfielders with big-league experience in camp this spring

The addition of Justin Upton had a domino effect on basically every outfielder the Tigers have with the exception of J.D. Martinez, who will be the everyday right fielder. DETROIT -- There is little doubt that general manager Al Avila would have done things differently this offseason had he known owner Mike Ilitch was going to give him the OK to sign Justin Upton to a six-year contract. But as a result of the moves, the Detroit Tigers more depth in the outfield than they have had in a long, long time. "We're happy with it because right now with our outfield,...
Plain Dealer Jan 22, 2016

Do Cleveland Indians feel heat after Detroit signs Justin Upton? Hey, Hoynsie

Who's feeling the most pressure after the Tigers signed free agent outfielder Justin Upton to a six-year deal -- the Indians' front office or their fans/
Grand Rapids Press Jan 22, 2016
Crowded Detroit Tigers outfield doesn't sway Tyler Collins' confidence

Crowded Detroit Tigers outfield doesn't sway Tyler Collins' confidence

Options narrow with signing of Justin Upton, but Collins hopes resolve and more speed get him noticed. GRAND RAPIDS - Tyler Collins' prospects of finding time in the Detroit Tigers outfield this season just got squeezed this week with the arrival of Justin Upton and his six-year, $132 million contract. The 25-year-old Collins, who played well primarily in left in 60 games last season in his first extended stint in the big leagues, faces a bigger challenge this spring in crowded outfield with the addition of Upton, a left fielder. Collins' reaction? "I feel...

Friar talk: A power void in Padres lineup

With Justin Upton officially an ex-San Diegan, Padres' moves have cost them considerable thump.
Grand Rapids Press Jan 21, 2016
Detroit Tigers' Justin Upton sold on ownership's desire to win World Series

Detroit Tigers' Justin Upton sold on ownership's desire to win World Series

Upton: I think what sold me mostly was Mr. Ilitch. The guy wants to win ballgames, he wants to win a championship. DETROIT -- The selling point for Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch to give the go ahead to sign outfielder Justin Upton was that Ilitch has a strong desire to win a World Series. The selling point for Upton to join the Tigers was basically the same. Upton cited Ilitch on Wednesday during his introductory press conference after signing a six-year contract with the Tigers. "I think what sold me mostly was Mr. Ilitch," Upton said. "The guy wants to win...
Bless You Boys Jan 20, 2016

Meet Justin Upton's dog, Wayne

Your French Bulldog void has just been filled. Look, I don't want to use the term "replace" when discussing David Price's dog Astro. He will always have a place in all our hearts. But the good news is, while we lost one French bulldog this season, we just gained another. Meet Wayne: Wayne setting the plane up for take off! Awesome Christmas already! Merry Christmas Everybody! pic.twitter.com/aXSkFRNW — Justin Upton (@JUST_JUP) December 25, 2012 Is it bad when this is Wayne's daily activity? #purelaziness pic.twitter.com/nbqw2qx4 — Justin Upton...
Bless You Boys Jan 20, 2016

3 reasons why signing Justin Upton made more sense to the Tigers than Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes may have been the biggest-name free agent left fielder on the market, but Justin Upton is the one most likely to be helping the team down the road. When I first heard that the Tigers had signed Justin Upton, I'll confess that I felt rather lukewarm about the whole deal. Upton has long had a reputation as an incredibly talented player that has never taken the next step towards becoming a superstar, and frankly I harbored concerns over whether or not he'd be another dead contract in four years. Well, the opt-out clause in his contract makes it a lot less likely that he'll even...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 20, 2016
Detroit Tigers designate Jefry Marte for assignment to make room for Justin Upton

Detroit Tigers designate Jefry Marte for assignment to make room for Justin Upton

Marte made his major league debut during the 2015 season for the Tigers. He batted .213 (17 for 80) with four home runs, 11 RBIs and a .697 OPS. The Detroit Tigers added outfielder Justin Upton to the roster. Someone had to go. Jefry Marte was the odd man out. The Tigers designated Marte for assignment Wednesday afternoon to make room on the 40-man roster for Upton, who signed a six-year contract with an out clause after two seasons. Marte made his major league debut during the 2015 season for the Tigers. He batted .213 (17 for 80) with four home runs, 11 RBIs...
Gaslamp Ball Jan 20, 2016

The Padres are rebuilding

There have been some words thrown around to try to convince fans that this year's team might compete for something, but really the only way forward is rebuilding. Sometimes I see people questioning what the Padres strategy is, but in my mind there's no question. This is a franchise that is licking it's wounds from last season and rebuilding. It's not a full-on tank job rebuild where losses approach the 100s each year, but it's a rebuild nonetheless. When they received compensation for Justin Upton signing with the Tigers, that put a nice bow on their offseason goals to help the rebuild. So...
Bless You Boys Jan 20, 2016

Tigers sign Justin Upton to 6-year, $132M contract

Upton has an opt out clause after two years and limited no-trade protection. The Detroit Tigers will reportedly sign outfielder Justin Upton to six-year deal worth $132.75 million, according to various reports. MLB Network's Jon Heyman, USA Today's Bob Nightengale, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick and Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal have all reported parts of the deal. Upton reportedly has the option to opt out of the contract after his second year. Upton might be the most exciting of all the outfield possibilities -- yes, moreso than Yoenis Cespedes. Having just turned 28 in August, Upton still has...

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