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Atlanta Braves, B.J. Upton Finalize 5-Year Deal

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David Banks, Getty Images

Free agent outfielder B.J. Upton and the Atlanta Braves have finalized a five-year, $75.25 million contract.

Upton makes the move to the National League after spending his first eight major league season with the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.

Upton hit .246 with 28 homers, 78 RBIs and 31 steals this past season. He replaces free agent Michael Bourn in center and will be introduced at a news conference Thursday.

Despite the addition of Upton, Atlanta still needs to fill a void in left field. Martin Prado is expected to move to third base, replacing the retired Chipper Jones.

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