Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/29/12
Well, scratch B.J. Upton off the free agency list. 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 fill Bourn’s role as a leadoff hitter. Bourn, a former Phillie, would he be likely to come back to his original team? All reports have Bourn going to the Washington Nationals. Speaking of ex-Phillies, Ryan Madson finalized a $3.5 million, one-year deal on Wednesday with the Los Angeles Angels, who believe the right-handed reliever will make a strong comeback from elbow ligament replacement surgery. The longtime ...
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