It’s official: BJ Upton is the newest Atlanta Brave. Having passed a physical this morning, Upton was introduced by the Braves this afternoon as their new center fielder. Upton will wear number 2 for the Atlanta Braves.
The deal signed by Upton is a 5-year, $75.25 million contract.
BJ Upton was the 2nd pick in the 2002 draft and came on the scene with the Tampa Bay Rays in a big way, making it to the World Series in his second full season as a Ray.
Though he has had unusual seasons and his offense has been an enigma in recent years, Upton brings the potential of huge rewards for the Braves. Upton’s defense in center field is as acclaimed as that of now ex-Brave Michael Bourn. In his 8-year big league career, Upton holds a .255 batting average, an on-base percentage of .336 and a .422 slugging percentage. During the 2012 season, BJ had a career-high 28 home runs as well as a .752 OPS while batting .246. He is that coveted right-hand bat that the Braves have been looking for to balanc...