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Upton jumps Rays for Braves, $75M


February 19. 2013 7:37PM
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ATLANTA — Free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a five-year contract, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday night.


The deal is expected to be announced Thursday once Upton passes his physical. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.


Several media outlets reported the deal is worth $75.25 million, which would be the largest free-agent contract in team history.


Upton, 28, hit .246 with 28 homers, 78 RBIs and 31 stolen bases for Tampa Bay last season. He will replace free agent Michael Bourn as the Braves' center fielder and provide a needed right-handed power bat for the lineup.


Upton made his debut with Tampa Bay in 2004. His first full season was 2007, when he hit a career-best .300 with 24 homers and 22 stolen bases.


The speedy outfielder's home run totals have increased in each of the last three seasons, but he has hit below .250 with more than 150 strikeouts in four straight years.


Angels sign Ryan Madson

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Right-handed reliever Ryan Madson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels, hoping for a comeback from Tommy John surgery.


The Angels announced the deal Wednesday. Madson says he expects to be the Angels' closer, and general manager Jerry Dipoto agreed the veteran is likely to supplant Ernesto Frieri when Madson is fully healthy.


Madson says he's well ahead of schedule in his recovery after missing last season with Cincinnati, which signed him last January, only to lose him to surgery in April.


Madson pitched his first nine big-league seasons with Philadelphia, going 47-30 with 52 saves and a 3.59 ERA. He was outstanding as the Phillies' closer in 2011, getting 32 saves with a 2.37 ERA.


Pettitte, Yanks reach deal

NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte is staying with the New York Yankees next season.


The left-hander signed a one-year deal with the Yankees worth $12 million on Wednesday, putting baseball's biggest postseason winner back in pinstripes.


Pettitte turns 41 in June. He retired after the 2010 season, then decided to come back this year and signed a contract guaranteeing $2.5 million.


Pettitte went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts. He missed almost three months because of a broken lower left leg, sustained when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland's Casey Kotchman on June 27.


The AL East champions have a projected rotation of CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Pettitte for next year.


Pettitte is 245-142 lifetime with the Yankees and Houston in 17 seasons. He is 19-11 in the postseason.


Reds sign Broxton

CINCINNATI — The Reds have signed Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million contract, giving the NL Central champions a potential closer.


Broxton came to the Reds last July in a trade with Kansas City and was part of their push toward the playoffs. He filled in as the closer when Aroldis Chapman came down with a tired shoulder and had four saves in six chances overall with a 2.82 ERA, impressing the Reds.


Broxton's deal pays him a $4 million base salary in 2013, $7 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015. There's a club option for another year at $9 million with a $1 million buyout. He also got a limited no-trade provision. Now the Reds could move the left-handed Chapman back to the rotation.




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