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Can B.J. Upton possibly live up to his five-year, $75.25 million deal?
Atlanta Braves: CF B.J. Upton
It's been said to death, but I'll say it here again: The Braves paid for potential, not production, when they signed Upton to a five-year, $75.25 million deal.
The 28-year-old had 28 home runs and 31 steals last season, but he hit just 246 with an unacceptably low .298 on-base percentage thanks to 169 strikeouts.
Miami Marlins: SP Ricky Nolasco
The Marlins are a little thin on star-caliber players after an offseason fire sale, but one veteran who is still around and could find himself under a microscope is Nolasco.
The 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end, so he's all but assured of being dealt between now and the July deadline. As a result, he'll be frequently brought up in the rumor mill, and his play and trade value could suffer as a result.
New York Mets: C Travis d'Arnaud
While it's never an ideal situation when it comes to a team having to trade the reigning Cy Young winner, the Mets got the most out of trading R.A. Dickey with a solid prospect package from the Blue Jays.
Travis d'Arnaud was the marquee name, as he has the potential to be a franchise catcher and got off to a terrific .333 BA, 16 HR, 52 RBI line through 67 games last season before a season-ending injury. As a result, he'll likely be brought along slowly and may not see the major at all in 2013. Expectations should be tempered, but he has a bright future.
Philadelphia Phillies: CF Ben Revere
The Phillies gave up a good deal to get their center fielder, trading Vance Worley and Trevor May to the Twins for Revere.
The 24-year-old has plus speed and is a good defender, but he has yet to homer in 989 career at bats and has a subpar .319 on-base percentage in three big league seasons. The Phillies expect him to be a catalyst atop the lineup, but he may very well wind up being a bottom-of-the-order hitter.
Washington Nationals: SP Dan Haren
Haren had his $15.5 million option declined by the Angels at the start of the offseason. He went 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA last season after ranking among the best starters in the league for the past several seasons.
The Nationals signed him to a one-year, $13 million deal to replace Edwin Jackson in the rotation. While he could wind up being a major bargain, he could just as easily struggle once again with injuries and ineffectiveness.