By: John Wickham

The Braves make the first big splash of the offseason by giving CF B.J. Upton the biggest contract in Braves history by signing the former Tampa Bay Ray to a 5 year, $75 million deal.

B.J. Upton essentially replaces Michael Bourn as a CF but gives the Braves a lineup replacement for Chipper Jones. His numbers from last year were .246 batting average with 28 homers, 78 RBIs and 31 stolen bases.  The Braves are still looking for a LF as they plan to move Martin Prado to 3B to replace Chipper Jones.

This is the second free agent to sign with the Braves this offseason as C Gerald Laird signed a two-year, $3 million deal with Atlanta earlier this month to serve as McCann’s backup.