Braves and B.J. Upton Agree to $75 Million Deal

B.J. Upton playing with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays

The Braves landed their number one free agent target this off-season, center fielder B.J. Upton

The Atlanta Braves and center fielder B.J. Upton have agreed to a 5-year $75 million deal.  Upton’s contract is the largest free agent contract the Braves have ever signed.

The Braves are withholding an announcement on the deal until Upton passes a physical.

The 28-year old Upton is listed at 6’3″ and 185 pounds.  He bats right and throws right, and is a graduate of Greenbriar High School in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Upton was drafted with the second pick in the 2002 free agent draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and has spent his entire major league career in their organization.  He made his major league debut, August 2, 2004

Last season the 28-year old Upton hit .246 with 28 homers and 78 runs batted in, and stole 31 bases in 37 attempts.  Even though he has good speed, Upton will most likely not bat lead-off due to his low on base percentage (.298 last season).

Upton is considered a very good defensive center fielder, with less range than Michael Bourn, but a stronger throwing arm.