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The big news from yesterday is the Marlins being active once again, inking Dee Gordon to a five-year extension.
We finally know the incentive money on Kenta Maeda's contract.
The latest edition of The Rosterbatorical was released yesterday, which you can listen through in the player below or go to the episode page here for more about what the guys talked about.
Our own Mike Bates asks "Who could use Justin Upton?"
But in this case, Upton would literally be the only elite free agent willing to take a one year deal, and the kind of future financial flexibility signing him provides would actually add to his value. After all, here's a list of the teams that could use a Justin Upton in the outfield on a one year commitment:
All of the teams.
Ok, that's an oversimplification. Clubs like the Phillies or the Brewers, who have no intention of competing in 2016 and who are working to keep costs low, shouldn't get involved. Teams who already have two good corner outfielders, and who can't shift one of them to center (such as the Pirates, Dodgers or the Marlins; I know, I was shocked too) also shouldn't apply. But, honestly, virtually every other team who has a remote interest in being competitive should be all over Justin Upton on a one year deal. Because, regardless of whether he's a good long term investment, there's no denying that Upton will make a club better in the short run. And, given the talent we know he has, there's still a significant chance for a breakout MVP-caliber season from him.
Houston has inquired with the Braves about outfielder Ender Inciarte.
The Padres signed Carlos Villanueva to a one-year deal.
Kansas City are keeping tabs on Yovani Gallardo and Ian Kennedy.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1976, Ted Turner finishes his purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves.