B.J. Upton is on his way to Atlanta, while Andy Pettitte is staying in pinstripes.
With the winter meetings days away, baseball’s offseason began to heat up Wednesday with a pair of moves involving potential closers: Ryan Madson joined the Angels and Jonathan Broxton remained with the Reds.
Hours later, the Braves made big news.
Looking for a new center fielder and some right-handed pop, Atlanta found both in Upton, who had 28 homers and 31 steals for Tampa Bay last season. The fleet-footed free agent agreed to a $75.25 million, five-year contract, a deal that was finalized Thursday.
Upton’s deal is the biggest free-agent contract of the offseason so far and the largest in Braves history.
Upton was given a No. 2 Braves jersey. Martin Prado is expected to move from left field to replace the retired Chipper Jones at third base. General manager FrankWren said Prado’s versatility gives the team options during talks at the winter meetings.
The Yankees completed a one-year deal worth $12 million with the 40-year-old 40 veteran lefty.