Hunter Pence was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies from the Houston Astros Thursday night making it crunch time for teams to trade for B.J. Upton. Phones should be ringing to make their best offer to Andrew Friedman for the Tampa Bay Rays center fielder.
The move the Phillies made for the All-Star right fielder is sure to send GMs from other teams re-assessing their teams needs to remain competitive this season as well as into the future. If defense at center field is the final piece to the puzzle that a team is missing, Upton is the best player to get.
Yes, he leaves something to be desired at the plate. However, once he gets on base he is a base stealing threat. The argument can also be made that with the Rays lineup there aren't any hitters to fear. On a team with more bats he may perform better with less pressure.
What he lacks in offense he makes up with his glove. There are few if any available center fielders that have the speed and arm strength that Upton possesses.
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