try this stat from a tweet by @Ken_Rosenthal
One concern if #Braves get JUpton: Strikeouts. Consider these totals from '12: B.J. 169, Uggla 168, Heyward 152, Freeman 129, Justin 121.
What we need to do is be worrying about getting our own house in order, and not what the Braves do or don't do, or keeping up with the Jones'. They are head of us regardless at this point. That is something the Mets don't have any control over what they do.
Personally I think Upton is overrated, and I wouldn't give up my top prospects to get him. If the cost in talent were greatly reduced and/or included some of or lower level guys, I'd wouldn't mind having him, but not if it means gutting a farm that is still thin in the upper levels, and that we have only just begun to get on track.
I'd rather try and field an entire team at some point, rather than just having one of two stars, and a bunch of holes around them because we have neither the prospect depth, nor the money to to fill them.
I also have my reservations about how Upton's already modest numbers would play out here in Citi, and under the pressure of NYC fans and media - something he hasn't been all the impressive in handling in Zona according to some.
Nationals got Denard Span. Phillies added Ben Revere. Braves may add Upton. The Mets? We MAY sign Hairston to add to Duda, Niewenhuis and Baxter. Whoopdeedo!
Listen, do I think either ONE of Span, Revere or Upton would make us contenders this season? No. The Mets need bullpen help. They need at least two outfielders. They probably need another back end of the rotation starter (depending on how Wheeler, Harvey and Niese progress). By my count, they're at least five players away from contending for postseason. But as others have said, you start with one, then you get the second etc. These should all be guys who have a healthy future ahead of them. I truly thought that aside from dealing at least one of Wright or Dickey, we would have added one of the necessary outfield pieces for the future. The winter isn't over, but time is starting to dwindle.
He's only 24, and would be a part of the future solution... But it won't happen.
And if he does go to the Braves it does present a problem for this team and its future, since yet another talented player goes to a division rival for the long term.
It's not good. This isn't the time to go crazy, but they have to do something- Otherwise stockpiling young talent will be for naught.
lol at people calling him overrated
Is he the 2nd coming of jesus? no, but hes an extremely effective middle of the order bat when he has guys around him who can play(heyward/bj upton/simmons/uggla/freeman)
But you guys can keep looking at hrs/rbis/ba. as your go to stat.
Justin Upton to ATL? A terrifying possibility.
It is terrifying reality now.