Braves reach deal with outfielder B.J. Upton

Free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton has agreed to a multiyear deal with the Braves.

Upton has spent his entire eight-year career with the Tampa Bay Rays. He batted .246 with 28 home runs, 78 RBIs and 31 stolen bases last season. He’s averaged .255, 20 homers, 75 RBIs and 39 steals per season.

Read all about the move and share your thoughts with the AJC’s David O’Brien.

77 comments Add your comment

OriginalYB

November 28th, 2012
5:42 pm

BIG MOVE! Glad to see Frank Wren responding quickly to fill our needs… one more solid outfielder and we should be good to go! Welcome to Atlanta, B.J.! We look forward to seeing you roam center soon!

PK

November 28th, 2012
5:44 pm

Great. Another guy who bats around .250.

MrATL85

November 28th, 2012
5:44 pm

Excellent move Mr. Wren.

Thrashers Fan!

November 28th, 2012
5:44 pm

Thrashers Fan!

November 28th, 2012
5:45 pm

Heyward, Upton, Freeman back to back to back will be LETHAL!!!

could've done better

November 28th, 2012
5:45 pm

PK – agreed…I don’t like his lifetime batting average…

Zachary

November 28th, 2012
5:46 pm

As a Rays fan I have watched BJ Upton at his best and his worst, BJ is great when he has heart, that isn’t often, still a good sign for the Braves and I’ll miss BJ

Robert

November 28th, 2012
5:46 pm

Just woke up to the big news live from Afghanistan can’t wait to get home to watch my Braves in action.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 28th, 2012
5:46 pm

Upton is pretty consistent every year. Strikeouts in the 150s, batting average in the dumpster. They just signed another Uggla.

Bronc

November 28th, 2012
5:47 pm

PK>>>>31 stolen bases also…excellent fielder..

johnB

November 28th, 2012
5:48 pm

Waste of money.

Rueben Amaro Jr.

November 28th, 2012
5:48 pm

$15 mil/yr for a .235 BA, 160+ K’s, under .300 OBP., and a questionable clubhouse
presence???? Congrats on the money well spent!!!!!

rpollardrealtor

November 28th, 2012
5:48 pm

Guys, I live in Tampa and have seen BJ 20+ times a season for the past few years… I am sick over this signing….. I have nothing else to say than that.

rpollardrealtor

November 28th, 2012
5:49 pm

Bronc,

He is not an excellent fielder. He is lazy!!! Any balls hit in the gap will be triples.. Y’all are screaming for dan ugglas head? At least he hustles and plays with heart. Don’t get me wrong this guy has talent but he has no heart on the field and doesn’t care. He is Lazy man!

cornjolio

November 28th, 2012
5:50 pm

BJ Upton = Dan Uggla

Another high strikeout hitter & an a .298 OBP

Pathetic !

Wren should be dismissed immediately.

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Bulldawgman49

November 28th, 2012
5:50 pm

Good Pick up. He can mentor Gattis , Heyward, Got still a little speed in the tank for him .
and power.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 28th, 2012
5:50 pm

I hope they find a good leadoff hitter somewhere, because otherwise, we are going to be seeing a lot of swinging and missing in Turner Field this upcoming season and it won’t be pretty. Stolen bases are fine but they don’t mean much if the guy isn’t getting on base. Upton = Francoeur with more speed, and that’s not a good thing. Should have opened up the wallet and kept Bourn.

jw

November 28th, 2012
5:51 pm

So, does this mean Bourn is gone or can we have both of them in the outfield?

Oh'man

November 28th, 2012
5:51 pm

Terrible acquisition. We do NOT need another low on base percentage guy, who costs a lot of money. The Giants won off of pitching and timely hitting, not by home runs! What we need was Span and he was available and cheap! Wren, is good at certain things, like trades, draft picks, but he is terrible at signing free agents.

Matt

November 28th, 2012
5:51 pm

Ugh, I was afraid of this. The RISP problem will be worse next year.

Stever

November 28th, 2012
5:51 pm

OK, somebody please record the names of ALL of those who are congratulating Frank for this signing. :)

mark

November 28th, 2012
5:52 pm

Younger and cheaper than Bourne. Solid move. Money left to fill other needs.

The Scout

November 28th, 2012
5:52 pm

What good is his “speed” when he rarely gets on base?

He’ll fit right in with Uggla (.220) and McCann (.230)

They are laughing in Philadelphia & Washington !

Dum-Bass

November 28th, 2012
5:53 pm

I already have a name for the “dynamic duo” of Dan and BJ, “UGGLA AND STRUGGLA” !!!!!!

Clark Howard

November 28th, 2012
5:54 pm

15 million season for Upton; 13 million a season for Uggla

So much for acquiring any good hitters the next several years !

Braves New World

November 28th, 2012
5:54 pm

He does not provide what Bourn brought to the team, but the step-down is not as significant as I envisioned it would be. Upton is a player and might see a surge with a fresh start.

Josh1101

November 28th, 2012
5:54 pm

A younger center fielder for less than money than what Bourn would’ve cost, with way more power, and a great amount of steals. He was our best “option,” and kudos to Wren for getting him. If we can have a lineup with Heyward, Freddie, Upton, Mac, (and Uggs), all hitting 25+ home runs? That’s a nice problem to have. We still need a true lead-off hitter. But Wren isn’t messing around. I hear the Pagan talks are slowing in SF. Who knows ;)

pete

November 28th, 2012
5:55 pm

Wonder how many on here are confused between BJ and Justin? LOL

ryan

November 28th, 2012
5:55 pm

I like the move whether its works out or not at least the Braves did something instead of staying put like they have past couple of years .

ben t

November 28th, 2012
5:55 pm

GOOD player…but not GREAT.

Dum-Bass

November 28th, 2012
5:55 pm

Still not going to make any difference who they get as long as Fredi Gonzalez is still at the helm !!!

Jeremey M

November 28th, 2012
5:55 pm

You idiots are forgetting Bourns dismal OBP as well… Atleast this guy can hit hrs

pete

November 28th, 2012
5:56 pm

Sad thing is Bourn struck out just as much if not more. I for one am glad Bourn is gone

This team sucks at Free Agents

November 28th, 2012
5:56 pm

ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?!?!?! This is a joke. And its on Wren. What a DUMB move. I cant wait to hear the specifics on this deal. Upton cant hit leadoff, his batting average sucks, and he is no where near the CF as Bourn. Way to go Wren. I bet you probably paid the same as what Bourn is going to make. No wonder Liberty media wont share the wealth. When you got a stupid deal like this, it is hard to give money when it is going down the toilet. They should made a trade for Span. He is a way better hitter and great CF and more importantly, he can hit leadoff. And, he is a lot cheaper. I hate this deal and by the end of next year, so will the Braves and it will be too late. Great job Wren. Screwed the Pooch on this one. DUMB DUMB

Phillies Phanatic

November 28th, 2012
5:56 pm

Bourn is about to sign with Philly;

Our pitchers can’t wait to rack up the strikeouts against the free-swinging Braves !

I’ll rename them The Bereaves !

jack palance

November 28th, 2012
5:57 pm

mediocre, god help the pitching staff.

Mike S.

November 28th, 2012
5:57 pm

I’m not believing this. Wren needs to get his head in gear. This team doesnt have the luxury of a high payroll to give out contracts like this hoping Upton wont join our growing collection of .250 or worse hitters. We need a proven bat in the order. Obviously this means Bourn is gone too right?

Ernest

November 28th, 2012
5:57 pm

I wonder if he was signed as a centerfielder as DOB speculated about picking up a centerfielder/leadoff hitter from Minnesota. Hopefully that is still an option if Bourne is out of the picture.

Johnny Vaught

November 28th, 2012
5:57 pm

Second rate player, typical Braves’ move. He and Uggla can battle it out to see who can break .230. And this deal means Bourn is gone, as we all knew was going to happen. Now we can get another re-tread in left field and no first rate third baseman and watch the Braves’ management scratch their ass next September wondering why they aren’t going to make the playoffs. You get what you pay for – well, most times you do, in the case of Uggla and this deal, the Braves didn’t even get that.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 28th, 2012
5:58 pm

I may be forgetting someone, but can anyone remember the last time a hitter came to Atlanta from another team and was better than they were on their old team? Because I can’t. All I can remember is Dan Uggla, Alex Gonzalez, Garret Anderson, Troy Glaus… even Bourn didn’t put up the numbers here that he had in Houston.

Seriously, when is the last time that happened? Johnny Estrada maybe?

If Upton is going to fall into that trend, well, his numbers aren’t even great to begin with, and I am really not very optimistic.

This team sucks at Free Agents

November 28th, 2012
5:58 pm

Jeremy M, how many times does he strike out. Oh Yeah, 6th most in AL. But, hey, he can hit HRs so who cares.

DONNAN OF A NEW ERA

November 28th, 2012
5:58 pm

Sweet! Now we have two Dan Ugglas!

Nostradamus

November 28th, 2012
5:58 pm

I see lots of strikeouts solo home runs and pop up outs in Braves future !

It is written in the stars …

Gatiger2

November 28th, 2012
5:59 pm

You gotta be kid’n ! He wouldn’t’ be my back up.

phil

November 28th, 2012
6:00 pm

Just saw this….

Excitement over a .255, 20 homer hitter.

This guy is no answer to any prayers. On the contrary, the march to mediocrity continues unabated.

And I say mediocrity in the hopes that it won’t get worse while knowing, because of payroll constraints, that it very likely will.

AlanFalcon

November 28th, 2012
6:00 pm

Upton is expensive baggage unless the Braves can improve his attitude !!

ILOVEUGA

November 28th, 2012
6:01 pm

Oh good – more whining, doom and gloom.
GO BRAVES!

Supreme Grand Poobah

November 28th, 2012
6:01 pm

Jonny Vaught – I think Prado is a pretty good third baseman.

Sklipch

November 28th, 2012
6:01 pm

Wren got played again. Philly is probably laughing. Just like the Uggla and Lowe deals. What are the Braves thinking? In the middle of next summer we will be thinking we are stuck with this guy for 5 more years!

Paddy

November 28th, 2012
6:02 pm

Good move! Bourn was a disaster waiting to happen in Atl. I hope he does sign w/ Philadelphia, a ton of strikeouts waiting to happen and no power!