Comments on: The Justin Upton Rumors Are Back http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/the-justin-upton-rumors-are-back.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:41:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: NastyNate82 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/the-justin-upton-rumors-are-back.html#comment-22145 Sun, 11 Nov 2012 17:15:38 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43977#comment-22145 You have a good point about his price tag…he’s about to get fairly expensive. However, I think you’re giving D-Backs management a little too much credit. Just because they don’t like him or want to trade him doesn’t mean thats a correct assessment of his abilities now and in the future on their part. Other organizations make mistakes all the time…if they want to trade a guy with superstar potential at the age of 25 because of some “attitude issues” they seem to perceive, thats their decision. But it doesn’t mean they’re correct.
For the record, I do think that Upton comes with too many question marks (in regards to whether the injuries could be continuous) to pull the trigger. I think the Bucs don’t really have the match that the D-Backs are looking for (left-side of the infield).

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By: Brian Bernard http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/the-justin-upton-rumors-are-back.html#comment-22141 Sun, 11 Nov 2012 14:11:15 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43977#comment-22141 I love Upton, period. However I agree with Nasty that people undervalue Garret Jones.
Leave GI in RF and you have a very productive player.
Tabata, Snyder, Presley all are in the running for 4th OF IMO>

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/the-justin-upton-rumors-are-back.html#comment-22138 Sun, 11 Nov 2012 12:34:44 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43977#comment-22138 Nate: The price in players in exchange may go down, but I doubt it. The price in salary will not go down as his salary is locked in at $9.5 mil for 2013 then jumps to $14 mil in 2014 and $15 mil in 2015. The D’Back front office and Manager are “hard-nosed” baseball professionals and they want to unload Upton? And, they play in a launching pad, so discount those offensive stats altogether, and then discount them again for someone coming to Pittsburgh to play in April and May.

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By: NastyNate82 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/the-justin-upton-rumors-are-back.html#comment-22130 Sat, 10 Nov 2012 18:09:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43977#comment-22130 Garrett Jones outhit him for one year. Upton played hurt or banged up for much of the year (which alone is a reason to pause when looking to trade for him). And I really don’t care about attitude issues that much, I think thats overblown. You’re depending on prospects there who are 3 years away at the minimum.
Its only a stupid deal if they give up a ton for him. However, because of all the periphery stuff (injuries, a drop in performance, he’s about to get expensive) that might seriously drive Upton’s price down.

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By: NastyNate82 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/the-justin-upton-rumors-are-back.html#comment-22129 Sat, 10 Nov 2012 18:05:46 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43977#comment-22129 I’m not sure if Bauer is that comparable to Lincecum, other than that they’re both undersized. Size and velocity aren’t everything. Its not a definite that Cole will be better than Bauer.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/the-justin-upton-rumors-are-back.html#comment-22127 Sat, 10 Nov 2012 17:29:28 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43977#comment-22127 Garrett Jones outhit him in just about every category and the last thing we need is a kid with an attitude. GI Jones will make about $4.5 mil this year in Arb. Last year he hit 27 HR for his salary of $2.2 mil. Upton is scheduled to make $9.5 mil in 2013. The Pirates have ‘Cutch and Starling Marte for a long time, and Garrett Jones will stay until we can get a younger LH bat into RF such as Gregory Polanco if he keeps putting up solid numbers, or we can get a switchhitter such as Mel Rojas, Jr or Josh Bell. With Jones outhitting Upton, and still only in his 2nd Arb year, the Pirates do not need to make any stupid deal.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/the-justin-upton-rumors-are-back.html#comment-22124 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 22:47:12 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43977#comment-22124 Lol. I know, it’s shocking. It’s not even that I don’t believe that he has the stuff, I’m just not a fan of little pitchers with jerky motions. Look at Lincecum, that velocity can only last so long. I can’t believe people were clambering for the Pirates to choose Bauer. Why again do you want the 5’10 170lb guy that throws 93 over the 6’4 225 guy (with a smooth motion) that throws 99. Just ridiculous.

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By: jlease717 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/the-justin-upton-rumors-are-back.html#comment-22123 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 22:20:35 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43977#comment-22123 What? Haven’t they looked at Barmes and his UZR rating? As a should have been gold glover from some perspectives, surely he could be enough to land Upton.

Unless of course, his value to any team other than this one is nil.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/the-justin-upton-rumors-are-back.html#comment-22116 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 20:30:05 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43977#comment-22116 Ian…it just shocks me that other teams miss on draft picks, too, even high picks….lol

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/the-justin-upton-rumors-are-back.html#comment-22115 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 20:28:34 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43977#comment-22115 If we spend 38.5 mil on Shane Victorino, who Keith Law says has lost bat speed and is now a 4th OFer, I will never watch a Pirate game again!

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