Found November 28, 2012 on
Tampa Bay Rays
San Francisco Giants
Upton is on his way to the Braves. (MLB)
The Braves scored one of the biggest names on the free agent market, nabbing BJ Upton, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, and others. He’s the first shoe to drop and marks the unofficial start of free agency.
Upton, 28, is scheduled to take a physical in Atlanta tomorrow, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted that the Phillies were the runners-up for Upton’s services. They’re still looking for a centerfielder, and now Michael Bourn is definitely on the market as the Braves have gone elsewhere. Also still available are Josh Hamilton and Angel Pagan, among other trade candidates like Dexter Fowler and Denard Span.
Nightengale is reporting that its a five-year deal worth $70 to $75 million.
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The Atlanta Braves never seemed to have much interest in bringing Michael Bourn back. He was fantastic while he was with them, but it's understandable that the club wanted to go younger. And they did yesterday - just not much younger. The Braves signed free agent B.J. Upton, and the eight-year veteran will now be patrolling the Braves' outfield.
According to Dave...
"Photo of the Day: @BJUPTON2 checking out Turner Field as the newest #Braves player after yesterday's press conference." as seen on the Braves twitter feed
@braveslove I almost forgot to ask what is your opinion of upton.And who else should we go after for leadoff
— sean g (@spinnerbuckle) November 29, 2012
Honestly, I don't have an opinion on the BJ Upton...
It happens every off-season, teams get into a frenzied bidding situation for a high profile free agent. Just when we think we know who he is going to sign with- BAM! They strike out of nowhere! The mystery team!!!
You never believe it when they are mentioned in rumors. You scoff and mock the reporter who even suggests their presence. But then, lo and behold, that'...
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...
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...
B.J. Upton is Atlanta bound, but just how close was he to being Boston bound?
Apparently, not close at all. According to WEEI.com, the Red Sox never really engaged in the Upton sweepstakes, and they never even made an offer.
Upton on Wednesday reportedly inked a five-year deal with the Braves worth more than $75 million. He’s now expected to replace Michael Bourn as Atlanta’s...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a five-year contract, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday night.
The deal is expected to be announced Thursday once Upton passes his physical. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.
Several media outlets reported the...
The Atlanta Braves lost one speedy centerfielder in Michael Bourn to free agency this offseason, but gained another to take his place.
Numerous sources are reporting that former Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton signed with the Braves on Wednesday. Upton’s contract with the team is reportedly worth $75.25 million over five seasons. The 28-year-old was the Braves’ primary...
On Thursday, the Atlanta Braves announced that they had signed center fielder B.J. Upton to a five year, $75.25 million contract.
The Atlanta Braves had plenty of explanations for the move, claiming they wanted a reliable center fielder and that they wanted to add a right-handed bat to their primarily left-handed lineup.
While the Braves can try and justify their sudden spending...
Give a General Manager a blank check, and he'll most likely waste it on a player with hype. The Atlanta Braves and B.J. Upton agreed to a five year $75.25 million contract (pending a physical), skewing the market and all but assuring that Michael Bourn will probably now get the $100 million contract that he is seeking. At the same exact moment, Tinker Bell died. Well played Mr...
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...
The Atlanta Braves and free agent center fielder B.J Upton have agreed to terms, CBSSports Jon Heyman has reported.The 28-year-old Upton is coming off a season in which he batted .246/.298/.454 for the Rays with 28 homers and 31 steals in 37 attempts.
Upton provides the Braves with right-handed power in their lineup. He has hit 70 homers since 2009, ninth among center fielders,...
Another day, another NL East team solves their center field problem. Yesterday, the Braves spent $75 million to sign B.J. Upton to a contract that is perfectly fair and should provide them with a quality player going forward. Today, the Nationals spent $21 million — and, to be fair, a solid pitching prospect — and got a similarly valuable player in Denard Span. Advantage,...