"There are a lot of reasons to like Upton, but it is worth mentioning he has not hit better than .246 since 2008 and has not had better than a .784 on-base-plus-slugging percentage since 2007. He strikes out a ton. Upton had a .298 on-base percentage last season. He has been benched in the past for a lack of hustle. He is not exactly a sure thing."~Todd Zolecki
Bourn is 30 and game is built entirely on speed. He's likely to demand at least 5 YR/$85M. He plays great defense and still has elite speed, but the rest of his game is lacking. Meaning he might only be worth it for about 2 more years.
Pagan is pretty good all around, but he got a lot of publicity this season being with the Giants and his future payday went up because of it. Probably looking at 3-4 year deal worth at least $10M annually.
Upton is an out making machine. We don't need another .300 OBP guy in he lineup, especially not at the price he will cost and a 1st round pick surrendered to the Rays.
What about David DeJesus as a platoon partner with Mayberry?
Either play them in CF or RF.
DeJesus against RHP- .292/.367/.449 (.816 OPS)
Mayberry against LHP- .284/.328/.547 (.875 OPS).
DeJesus' contract is reasonable- $4.25M in 2013 with an identical option for 2014 or $1.5M buyout. The Cubs would probably take a borderline prospect for him and might even eat a million. This allows resources to be spent elsewhere like another outfielder, third baseman, and/or setup man.