After a week in which Ruben Amaro’s Delmon Young signing was made to look even worse by the Braves’ Justin Upton signing, Amaro decided to set things straight.
“We just didn’t see a fit.”
–Ruben Amaro on Justin Upton
Well, it’s hard to fit anyone else into a space after you put Delmon Young in it.
A power-hitting corner outfielder in a power-starved lineup missing an everyday corner outfielder? Yeah; square peg, round hole, I guess.
THE BRAVES ALREADY HAD AN UPTON AND THEN WE HAD A CHANCE TO GET AN UPTON BUT WE DIDN’T AND NOW THE BRAVES HAVE BOTH THE UPTONS
We are a bad baseball team and now we are even worse by comparison.
You know, the Nationals are still the favorite to win the division, and they don’t have any Uptons.
Amaro went on to discuss how what Arizona GM Kevin Towers wanted in return for his Upton was far too big a price; potentially, far bigger than the Phillies are even capable of producing. When you think about it, as far as right fielders you could buy with the Phillies’ current prospects, Delmon Young is kind of the rusty piece of scrap you would expect.
The Braves are getting a pair of hitters, Justin the Mighty (.278/.357/.475) and BJ the Quick (.255/.326/.422). Both have their imperfections (attitude and a consistent drop off since 2008 for BJ; free-swinging K monster, talking to equipment for Justin), and the only thing this deal guarantees is a huge overpriced payday for BJ (5 years, $75.25 million) and a magazine cover.
Also it guarantees that a Upton-Upton-Heyward outfield is better than a ???-Revere-Delmon Young outfield.