ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports that outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson are headed from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Randall Delgado, infielder Martin Prado and minor leaguers Nick Ahmed, Brandon Drury and Zeke Spruill, according to a source. All of that is pending physicals, of course.
Arizona gets some pitching that it wanted and is able to unload one of its outfielders before spring training. We can debate whether the overall package the Braves sent the D-backs was better than the one the Rangers reportedly offered earlier this offseason according to FoxSports.com (Mike Olt, Martin Perez or Cody Buckel, Leury Garcia and another prospect, though another report says Buckel wasn't going to be included), but the main point is that Upton is no longer on the market.
That limits the outfield options for the Rangers externally, though Michael Bourn remains on the market. Interestingly, the Braves elected to go with B.J. Upton and Justin Upton and not Bourn, who played for them for 53 games in 2011 and 155 games last year. Bourn hit .274 with nine homers and 57 RBIs. He had a .348 on-base percentage and 42 stolen bases. So while he doesn't have power, he does have speed.
It seems like the Rangers are focused on their current squad and may not snatch Bourn or Kyle Lohse, but the Rangers never close doors, either. So you never know.
Bourn has 257 stolen bases since 2008, which leads the majors by a huge margin. Texas struggled to run the bases last season as well as they did in 2010 and 2011, so he could help. Let's not forget: He had 61 stolen bases in 2011.
Bourn played primarily in center field last season, and if signed, would effectively end the idea of platooning Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry. But Scott Boras is Bourn's agent, and he's going to want a big-time deal. The question is if the Rangers are comfortable giving Bourn that kind of deal and if they willing to surrender a draft pick to do it.
Bourn was a leadoff hitter last year, so he could make manager Ron Washington's lineup interesting and would give him the option of moving Ian Kinsler out of that spot. But it's a question of how the Rangers want to allocate funds and how willing they are to give up that draft pick (and the pool money that goes with it) for a player who lacks power in the outfield.
Do you want Bourn? Is he worth the price? Or do you just let Martin and Gentry compete in the spring and save the pick and money?