Justin Upton: The Mercedes-Benz
Jul 30, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Justin Upton (10) hits a three run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Justin Upton is the shiny, brand new CLE Coupe from Mercedes-Benz.
It comes at a nifty price tag and sits in the driveway on Christmas morning. It’s draped with a giant red bow, one that screams you’ve been especially nice this year.
It’s everything you’ve always wanted and you can’t wait take it for a spin.
I’ve already profiled why Upton is a perfect fit for Chicago, and you can read my more in-depth take here.
The short story is that Upton fills a lot of boxes for the White Sox. He has right-handed pull power, a more than competent glove in right field, and playable speed.
He’s also just 28 years-old and offers enormous upside as the 5-tool standout still has yet to put it all together on the big stage. Could the move to U.S. Cellular field see Upton spit out a 40 homer season, along with 25 stolen bases, and plus defense?
It wouldn’t be a Christmas miracle, that’s for sure.
Despite tantalizing pop, Upton is a career .352 OBP hitter. Just writing about the guy makes me want to deliver a personalized note to the North Pole, or better yet, to the front office at 35th and Shields.
He also does more to extend the competitive window than any of his peers. While the acquisitions of Brett Lawrie and Todd Frazier have seemed to line up an aggressive 2016/2017 window, Upton could very well be productive beyond that time frame and remain a solid piece to build around as a catalyst for future success.
Upton is the prize of the remaining outfield market and would fit very well under the tree.
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