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Braves to ink Upton

UNDATED (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have found a new center fielder to replace free-agent Michael Bourn.

 

     A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton has agreed to a five-year package with the Braves. The deal is expected to be announced Thursday once Upton passes his physical.

 

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

 

     The 28-year-old Upton hit .246 with 28 homers, 78 RBIs and 31 stolen bases for Tampa Bay last season.

 

     - Also in baseball, Andy Pettitte has signed a one-year deal with the Yankees. The 40-year-old lefty came out of retirement on May 13 but missed nearly three months of the 2012 season with a fractured left ankle.

 

     - The Reds have signed right-hander Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million contract, giving the NL Central champions a potential closer. It's an indication the team will put lefty Aroldis Chapman back in the starting rotation after he served as the team's closer this year.

 

     - Reliever Ryan Madson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels and says he expects to be the team's closer. The right-hander missed all of last season with Cincinnati following Tommy John surgery.

 

     - And authorities say former Baltimore Orioles all-star Doug DeCinces and three others were indicted on insider trading charges for using and profiting from information prior to the takeover of an Orange County, Calif., medical device company. The 62-year-old DeCinces was charged with 42 counts of securities fraud and one count of money laundering. Each of the securities fraud counts carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. DeCinces is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 17.

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