TAMPA - The Atlanta Braves made the first major free-agent splash of the winter Wednesday, agreeing to terms with center fielder B.J. Upton on a multi-year contract.
Reports indicate the deal is five years for about $75 million and is pending Upton passing a physical examination.
Upton will provide the Braves with right-handed power in their lineup. He has hit 70 homers since 2009, ninth among center fielders, but also struck out 169 times last year.
The Braves, who were eliminated in the wild-card playoff game, made Upton their top center-field target.
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