The Braves wasted little time in making a statement in free agency.
Atlanta has reportedly agreed to a five-year 75.25 million deal with center fielder B.J. Upton, marking the largest free-agent contract in the franchises history.
Upton, 28, had spent his entire major-league career with the Rays. Last season he hit .246 with a career-high 28 home runs, 78 RBIs and 31 stolen bases.
The signing, which is pending a physical, fills two big needs for the Braves.
Looking to add more right-handed power in their lineup they got it with a player who averaged 23 homers in each of the last three seasons, including 19 from Aug. 1 through the end of the season, which tied for the most in the majors. They also made up for the all but certain departure of Michael Bourn, who became a free agent.
If theres are any negatives with Upton its his plate discipline and his fit. He struck out 169 times last season, his third straight with at least 161 Ks. He also doesn't fit the classic lead-off hitte...