Braves finalize $75.25 million deal with B.J. Upton

  • Thu Nov 29th, 2012 10:32am
  • Sports

Associated Press

ATLANTA — Free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton and the Atlanta Braves have finalized a $75.25 million, five-year contract.

Upton joins the Braves after spending his first eight major-league seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. He hit .246 with 28 home runs, 78 RBI and 31 steals this year.

Upton, who was to be introduced at a news conference Thursday, replaces free agent Michael Bourn in center field and should provide needed power from the right side.

The addition of Upton leaves Atlanta still needing to fill a void in left field. Martin Prado is expected to move to third base, taking over for the retired Chipper Jones.