All three players have been mentioned in trade rumors, and the Cespedes speculation has picked up in the last day with the Red Sox signing Hanley Ramirez, who is expected to move to the outfield. Cespedes and Upton are in the final year of their contracts, while Kemp is signed through 2019.Analysis:
The team is searching for a left-handed hitter, and Bruce hits the bill. Bruce will make a little over $12 million in both 2015 and 2016. He was a $13 million club option for 2017.Analysis:
According to FOX Sports, the Rangers have shown interest in Upton in the past, but their current offseason focus is more on pitching.Analysis:
Waldrop is a former first round draft pick with the Twins. Garrett posted a 3.64 ERA over 133 1/3 innings at Class A.Analysis:
"I'll move over a little bit more so that it makes it more difficult to pick up my arm slot," Long said. "... That should help Lucas, getting to face me a number of times. I know Curtis (Granderson), every time we faced a lefty, and even when we didn't, would take batting practice off me. All of my flips in the cages are left-handed. Obviously the more that you face a lefty, the more comfortable you should become and be."Analysis:
"The main thing I've seen is his hands are kind of moving more than they did when he was with the Yankees," Long said about Granderson, per ESPN. "So we're going to try to just quiet that down a little bit. They're not really getting into a strong position consistently. So we'll work at that. There's a few little, minor other issues that we'll hit. Curtis, he had some streaks this year where he was really swinging the bat well. We'll just try to maintain a little bit more consistency.
"You know, I think it's tough, too, the first time you come into an organization and you signed a big contract. I think it's a little more difficult than it might seem. In Curtis' case, that probably played into it. I know Brian McCann, as this season progressed over with the Yankees, he got better and better and more comfortable."
"We need to get better with B.J. in center field," Gonzalez told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday. "(Hitting coach) Kevin Seitzer is optimistic and B.J. is open to anything, including complete reconstruction of swing."
Since joining Atlanta in 2013 on a five-year contract, Upton is batting .198 with a .279 on-base percentage, .314 slugging percentage and .593 OPS in 267 games. He hit .255 with a .336 on-base percentage, .422 slugging percentage and .758 OPS in his first eight seasons with the Rays.Analysis:
Even with limited power, Heyward finished last season with the 23rd-highest Fantasy point total among outfielders in standard Head-to-Head leagues. It helped that Heyward stole 20 bases in 24 attempts, walked 67 times and scored 74 runs, and some of that production was aided by his status as the Braves' primary leadoff hitter. One of the least glamorous items on Heyward's 2014 stat line was his 115 singles, but they added to his value and were made possible by the additional plate appearances he received at the top of the order.
By contrast, Heyward ranked 36th among outfielders in Rotisserie value. Given that he is moving to a home park that is tougher on home run hitters than Turner Field was, it might be asking a lot for Heyward to break out as a power hitter in 2015.
At age 25, Heyward could take a step forward and be a top 20 outfielder for all formats, but that could be harder for him to accomplish now that Busch Stadium is his home venue. If Cardinals manager Mike Matheny doesn't see fit to bat Heyward in the leadoff spot, his climb towards Fantasy stardom will only get steeper.Analysis:
Stanton is expected to receive an early opt-out clause and a no-trade provision as part of the deal. The opt-out clause is expected to occur not long after Stanton turns 30 years old.Analysis: