Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – Free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton has agreed to a five-year, $75.25 million deal with the Atlanta Braves.
The deal was dependent on Upton passing a physical, which he did Thursday just before the Braves announced the signing officially.
The 28-year-old Upton was the second overall pick in the 2002 draft and played all eight of his major-league seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Last season he hit .246 with 28 home runs, 78 RBIs and 31 stolen bases.
Upton’s days in Tampa Bay appeared to be numbered when the Rays recently gave third baseman Evan Longoria a six-year contract extension worth $100 million.