Domino In Angel Pagan Sweepstakes Falls – Atlanta Braves Ink BJ Upton

By Bryan Rose

June 3, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays center fielder BJ Upton (2) hits a single against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-US PRESSWIRE

Waiting for the market to set itself up, Angel Pagan has backed off coming to an agreement with one of his many suitors, but it appears one of his most interested parties – the Atlanta Braves – are no longer in need of his services.

Hoping to replace Michael Bourn who was expected to leave via free agency, the Braves had set their sites on the Giants’ outfielder. However, Pagan’s rumored asking price apparently wasn’t within their range as they opted to sign former Ray B.J. Upton to a five year, $70-75 million dollar deal:

"Upton receives a five-year contract for $70 milllion to $75 million for #Braves"

How it shakes out for Pagan remains to be seen. It could increase his asking price slightly, given many feel Pagan is a higher quality talent than Upton (though not as young), but it also takes a serious contender for his services out of the equation which the Giants may play to their advantage.