ATLANTA (AP) -- Jason Heyward was in the audience as B.J. Upton was introduced Thursday as Atlanta's new centerfielder.
That made manager Fredi Gonzalez smile as he realized he didn't have to worry so much about finding the third starter in his outfield.
"Shoot, we may not even need a left fielder," Gonzalez said. "With him playing center and Jason, who just won a Gold Glove, in right, it's going to be fun watching these guys cover some ground in the outfield."
Upton was given a No. 2 Braves jersey after finalizing a 75.25 million, five-year contract -- the biggest ever given a free agent by the franchise. He gets a 3 million signing bonus payable by Dec. 31 and salaries of 12.45 million next season, 13.45 million in 2014, 14.45 million in 2015, 15.45 million in 2016 and 16.45 million in 2017.
The 28-year-old spent his first eight big seasons with Tampa Bay. He hit .246 with 28 homers, 78 RBIs and 31 steals this year and replaces Michael Bourn in center. He is not expected to fi...