Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
He's had some big OBP years too. I realize the trend is downward, but he's still young, and playing in GABP, in the middle of the Reds lineup would transform his offensive game, I think.
Don't really care about the money -- it's not like they'd be slashing payroll elsewhere to make Upton fit.
Very doubtful it happens, and the rumor itself may be completely false, but as others have said this player is an immediate upgrade who still has a lot of upside.
The last time he had a good OBP, subprime mortgages were a good asset to buy. Reds need a leadoff hitter, Upton can't help there, and a lot of his so-called value is tied to a position that Hamilton should be playing by next year at the latest. Please pass Walt (although I do like him better than Bourn).