Daily Distractions: Uptonia!

Kate Upton

A YouTube screenshot of Kate Upton’s new Super Bowl ad. Go Niners.

Today’s distractions are a bit late; I was distracted by news that Kate Upton got traded …

Atlanta became a baseball Uptonia on Thursday, when the Braves acquired Justin Upton from the Diamondbacks. The seven-player trade sends Randall Delgado, Martin Prado and minor-leaguers Zeke Spruill, Nick Ahmed and Brandon Drury to Arizona. Third baseman Chris Johnson, who hit a grand slam against the Dodgers in his first game as a Diamondback last year, also goes to Atlanta in the trade.

The Braves’ outfield of B.J. Upton, Justin Upton and Jason Heyward has already been hailed as baseball’s best, though I think Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos and Josh Hamilton will make a strong case this season.

I personally feel good for the younger Upton, who’s been the subject of trade rumors on and off for three years — particularly this off-season — without getting a lick of assurance from the Diamondbacks about his future. At least that’s how it seemed publicly.

For Arizona, the 2013 lineup begets more questions than hope. That’s a good thing for the Dodgers, and I’ll explore it in more depth in my next blog post.

The rest of today’s news, still waiting on that Dodgers cable deal …

• Start times were announced across the league Thursday. The Dodgers’ Monday opener against the Giants will begin at 1:10 p.m., followed by games Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. The Dodgers’ updated schedule is here.

• No team owns more “Green Gloves” than the Giants, who today won the annual award for having the highest recycling rate in MLB for the fifth consecutive year. I think FanGraphs has something to say about the Giants’ Recycling Range Factor (RRF)

• The Boston Red Sox hired Pedro Martinez as a special assistant to GM Ben Cherington on Thursday. This reunites him with former batterymate Jason Varitek in the team’s front office and prompted a response from the Dodgers’ official Twitter account:


• A non-sports link: Turns out color photography existed in 1909, which really puts Instagram’s kitchy retro treatments to shame.

• Lack of Afro is one of my favorite new artists of the last five years. Stick with my blog posts through the whole season and you’ll see him again, promise.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.