Re: Upton to Braves
While first and foremost a Reds fan being from Atlanta I follow the Braves very closely and everyone here is extremely excited, myself included. This was huge for the Braves because it gives them a legitimate 3 hole hitter. Simmons will bat lead off and hopefully come close to replacing Bourn's ability to get on base. Then they have Heyward, J Upton, Freeman, BJ Upton, and Uggla to knock people in. While I personally am not a big fan of BJ or Uggla I think this team will hit and score runs.
Plus their pitching should be better this year. Delgado was either not going to make the rotation or be a marginal 5th starter plus they get a full year of Medlen and Beachy is likely to come back at the all star break.
All things considered, this Braves team is very good, probably about as good as last year, they will just go about scoring in a very different way.