|Reports: Diamondbacks trade Justin Upton to Braves||01.24.13 at 11:07 am ET|
The Diamondbacks agreed to trade Justin Upton to the Braves on Thursday morning, according to multiple reports. Atlanta will receive Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson, while Arizona gets third baseman/outfielder Martin Prado, starting pitcher Randall Delgado, minor league shortstop Nick Ahmed, minor league pitcher Zeke Spruill and minor league infielder Brandon Drury.
The deal will put Justin and his older brother, B.J. Upton, on the same team for the first time in their major league careers. The last time a pair of brothers played on the same team in the majors was 2010 when Jerry Hairston Jr. and Scott Hairston joined up on the Padres.
Tweeted B.J. Upton on Wednesday upon hearing rumors of a deal: Wow these @JUS10UP10 rumors have me excited. Please don’t tease me like this… Would be a dream come true if it happens.
The Diamondbacks reportedly were trying to decide whether to trade Upton or outfielder Jason Kubel. Arizona was said to have been in talks with the Orioles about a possible Kubel trade.
In 2009, at age 21, Upton was viewed as a franchise player for the Diamondbacks when he hit 26 home runs and had 86 RBIs. In March 2010, the Diamondbacks signed him to a six-year, $51.5 million deal. He finished fourth in the NL MVP voting in 2011.
However, after Upton’s poor start to the 2012 season, Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick began discussing a possible trade.
“I think Justin is an enigma at this point,” he told KTAR. “I know he had an injury early on and maybe a little bit of a nagging injury. But he’s played. He’s certainly not the Justin Upton that he has been in the past and that what we would expect of him. He’s 24 years old and it’s time for him to be a consistent performer, and right now this year he’s not been that.”
B.J. Upton agreed to a five-year, $75.25 million deal with the Braves and was introduced in a press conference on Nov. 29 to fill the void left by departing free agent Michael Bourn.
|Report: Jim Thome, B.J. Upton lead list of potential waiver trade candidates||08.02.11 at 9:28 am ET|
Call it Trade Deadline 2.0.
Just because July 31 has come and gone, that does not necessarily mean that trades cannot be made in Major League Baseball. Rather, teams can still make trades, but now the players switching teams must first pass through waivers before any deal can be completed.
ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick writes about a few players who he thinks could very well do just that and could be sent elsewhere this August. The Twins’ Jim Thome is at the tops of that list as the Phillies or any other contending NL team could bring him in to provide a little power off the bench down the stretch. However because of his advanced age — Thome is 40 years old — teams likely won’t put in a waiver claim out of fear that the aging slugger, and the entirety of his contract, could just be handed to them when they have no place for him. Rockies first baseman/designated hitter Jason Giambi would fit into the same exact category.
Crasnick discusses Rays center fielder B.J. Upton but writes, “The chances of Upton moving in August are remote.” The only way Upton could potentially be moved would be if a team put in a waiver claim for him and then the Rays and said team would negotiate a deal from there.
The ESPN.com writer also lists Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez and Orioles DH Vladimir Guerrero as players who could be moved.
|Rumor: Nationals still want Rays’ B.J. Upton||06.06.11 at 12:50 pm ET|
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reported Sunday that the Nationals still are interested in trading for Rays center fielder B.J. Upton, according to a baseball source.
Washington has been looking for a new center fielder for some time but never showed much interest in acquiring some of the other available center fielders, including the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp.
Upton, however, is a childhood friend of injured third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and a native of nearby Norfolk, Va.
Although Upton is batting just .228 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs, the source said that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he thought Upton would turn his career around with a new team.
Entering Monday’s game against the Giants, Washington current center fielders Rick Ankiel and Roger Bernadina are batting a combined .223 with two home runs and 16 RBIs.
|Braves looking at B.J. Upton?||11.16.10 at 10:55 am ET|
The Braves are in the market for a big bat in the middle of their lineup, and they are more likely to explore the trade market than free agency. Among the names listed as possible targets are Tampa Bay’s B.J. Upton, Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp and the Cardinals’ Colby Rasmus. The Braves have also been linked to Florida slugger Dan Uggla.
|Upton unlikely to be moved||07.26.10 at 11:09 am ET|
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports writes that according to major league sources, the Rays will not look to move center fielder B.J. Upton, despite the amount of interest he’s drawn.
Though the 25-year-old is hitting only .228, Tampa Bay doesn’t feel top prospect Desmond Jennings is ready to fill in and that the defensive decline from Upton to Ben Zobrist/Sean Rodriguez is too steep. Upton has, however, been a threat on the basepaths, stealing 26 bases in 32 attempts.
The Rays also have received interest on Rodriguez, right-hander Wade Davis and infielder Reid Brignac. Instead of trading prospects away, though, Tampa Bay is looking to content and add pieces, such as the Phillies’ Jayson Werth.
|LEEInks list: Memorable teammate fights caught on camera||06.30.10 at 6:47 am ET|
Teams are closely knit groups, with players who often act like brothers. Sometimes, like brothers, teammates deal with tension by getting in each other’s faces and even fighting on occasion. Usually, the reason behind the altercations is a lack of effort or not seeing eye-to-eye on the playing field.
That was exact reason why Evan Longoria recently called out B.J. Upton on Sunday in the Tampa Bay dugout after Upton failed to sprint toward an extra-base hit in center field. Just two days earlier, Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano had a dugout tantrum that seemed to be directed at first baseman Derek Lee.
In light of those two incidents, here are 10 fights caught on tape between teammates on and off the playing field:
Manny Ramirez vs. Kevin Youkilis
On June 5, 2008, in the same game as the Coco Crisp-James Shields brawl, Ramirez and Youkilis got into it themselves in the dugout just a few innings later. Cameras captured Ramirez taking a swipe at the first baseman as the players exchanged words. Though it isn’t clear why the fight happened, the incident seemed isolated as both players put the altercation behind them.
Manny Parra vs. Prince Fielder
On Aug. 5, 2008, after Parra was replaced by pinch-hitter Russell Branyan, he seemed to head toward the clubhouse, something Fielder took exception to. The Milwaukee first baseman shoved the left-hander twice before being restrained by teammates. The fight occurred nearly a year to the day after an altercation between manager Ned Yost and players Johnny Estrada and Tony Graffanino.
Michael Westbrook vs. Stephen Davis
During a Redskins training camp workout session on Aug. 19, 1997, Westbrook, a wide receiver, attacked Davis, a running back, and pounded on him while on the ground. Neither wore pads or a helmet, and Davis looked stunned that he had been attacked. The team fined Westbrook $50,000. Stephen Zucker, Westbrook’s agent, explained that words were exchanged and Westbrook refused to walk away this time around. (No. 6 in the video)
Matt Garza vs. Dioner Navarro
Rarely do baseball teammates fight on the field, but on June 8, 2008,, Garza and Navarro began their heated argument on the mound. When Navarro went to talk to his pitcher, the two apparently disagreed on something and couldn’t resolve the issue. The incident escalated when both went back into the dugout and a tussle broke out.
John Buck vs. Runelvys Hernandez
On Sept. 12, 2006, in another fight between a pitcher and catcher, Hernandez struck out a batter and returned to the dugout where he and Buck appeared to exchange words. The two players were separated by teammates, and Royals manager Buddy Bell said that there was a misunderstanding between the two. Hernandez, on the other hand, explained after the game that everything was fine, as if nothing ever occurred.
Kieron Dyer vs. Lee Bowyer
With their English soccer team already down 3-0 against Aston Villa on April 2, 2005, Bowyer and Dyer didn’t help the cause for Newcastle by getting into a fight right in the middle of the action on the pitch. Bowyer seemed to attack first as both players grabbed each other by the throat and attempted to throw punches. Bowyer was rightly assessed a red card by the referee and thrown out of the game. The reason for the fight isn’t known for sure, making this one of the most peculiar teammate fights on our list.
Carlos Zambrano vs. Michael Barrett
Zambrano isn’t shy when it comes to confronting teammates with cameras around. In the third battery fight on our list, Zambrano and Barrett shoved each other in the dugout on June 1, 2007, before the fight spilled over into the clubhouse. Zambrano landed a punch on Barrett that required the Chicago catcher to get six stitches. Though both players told the media the next morning that the issue was resolved, Barrett was traded to San Diego less than three weeks later.
Vince Young vs. Donnie Nickey
In his second season in the NFL, Young showed leadership during a practice on Aug. 1, 2007, when he got into a fight with Nickey after the safety made an unnecessarily hard hit on wide receiver Courtney Roby. Young threw a punch with his throwing hand, but fortunately for the Titans, he wasn’t injured. Nickey, meanwhile, apologized and said he respected the quarterback for sticking up for his receiver.
Barry Bonds vs. Jeff Kent
One of the most controversial players in the history of baseball was no stranger to teammate altercations in his career. Bonds and San Francisco second baseman Kent got into a shoving match in the dugout during a game on June 25, 2002. According to Kent, it had happened a few times before, behind closed doors. This fight wasn’t between two lower-level players, either, as both Bonds and Kent were stars at the time and one of the best batting combos in the game.
Reggie Jackson vs. Billy Martin
As it was well-documented in “The Bronx Is Burning,” Jackson and Martin had a rocky manager-player relationship. The tension boiled over in a game against the Red Sox on June 18, 1977, when Martin pulled Jackson from the game after he felt his outfielder wasn’t hustling. The two got in each other’s faces, and Martin tried to get to Jackson before being restrained. Though this doesn’t qualify as teammate vs. teammate, this is one of the most memorable altercations between two members on the same side.
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