Braves introduce Upton

2:33 PM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Atlanta Braves held a press conference Thursday to introduce outfielder B.J. Upton, who signed a five-year contract with the club.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the pact is reported to be worth $75.25 million

"We're excited today to announce the signing of B.J. Upton to a five-year deal," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "He brings a great defensive dimension and also power to the center field position."

Upton completed the 2012 season for the Rays with a .246 average, but slugged a career-best 28 home runs, along with 29 doubles and 78 RBI in 146 games. He also added 31 stolen bases and a .454 slugging percentage but struck out a career-high 169 times.

In his eight-year pro career, all with the Tampa franchise, Upton is a .255 batter who has compiled 118 homers, 202 doubles and 447 RBI over 966 contests.

"I'm excited and looking forward to a lot of championship seasons," Upton said. "This is my new home now, and this is where I will be dedicated to for the next five years."

His best production in five postseason series came in a seven-game triumph in the 2008 ALCS vs. Boston, where he batted .321 with four homers among his nine hits and drove in 11 runs.

The Sports Network

Most Viewed Articles

Most Watched Videos