Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Great Off Season

The MLB's off-season has been quieter than it was thought to be. Now it has boosted up to expectations after a couple big contracts were signed.

The biggest one yet was All-star, Justin Upton agreeing to play for the Atlanta Braves after a career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. I'm sure part of Upton's influence was the fact that the B.J Upton, older brother of Justin will be playing in Atlanta as well. Upton's best strength is speed. He runs very well which helps when he is out covering ground in center field. He also can steal bases even though he only grabbed 18 bases last year. The real win in this deal though is Martin Prado packing his bags and heading to Arizona. Last year he had by his best year getting 17 steals and hitting .301. Plus he hit 42 doubles and 6 triples. Also with Chipper Jones retiring the Braves snatched Chris Johnson from Arizona. Johnson hit for an average of .281 and had 15 homers. The D-Backs will also receive pitching prospect Randall Delgado, short stop Nick Ahmed, third baseman Brandon Drury, and another pitcher Zeke Spruill.

What weakens the Braves though is the fact that they are not re-signing all-star out-fielder Micheal Bourn. So getting Justin Upton who can fill in easily for Bourn isn't that bad a change. Plus they will be missing their best two fielders and hitters. Martin Prado and Chipper Jones. On Arizona's side they have one of the best out fields consisting of Cody Ross, Jason Kubel, and A.J Pollick. Ross and Kubel aren't the best fielders, but they are great hitters. Kubel hit 30 long balls and 90 RBI's and Ross had 22 homers and 81 RBI's.

Predict if you believe the Braves and Diamondbacks seasons will be good with additions or bad. Post in the comments.

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